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Raila Odinga’s aide summoned by police over plot to destabilize Uhuru Kenyatta’s government

By By Cyrus Ombati | July 16th 2013

By Cyrus Ombati

NAIROBI KENYA: Former Prime Minister Raila Odinga’s aide Eliud Owalo has been summoned by police over allegations of a plot to destabilise the government.

Owalo said he will report to CID headquarters at 4 pm Tuesday with his lawyers to listen to the complaint that the officers claim they have on him.

Mr Owalo said he fears the Jubilee government has hatched a plan to silence government critics.

“My considered opinion is that this is yet another act of political intimidation aimed at silencing divergent political views, which in my considered opinion is unacceptable in the current political dispensation,” said Owalo in a Facebook posting.

Officers from the Serious Crimes Unit headed by Mr John Kariuki are the ones who have “urgently” summoned him to appear before them.

Owalo said the allegations that he plans to destabilize the government came after he penned an opinion article, which was carried on page 34 of the Sunday Standard in, which he called for immediate dissolution of the IEBC.

When the reports emerged, he again posted a message on Facebook saying it was “cheap propaganda being peddled by the Government through the security and intelligence apparatus and their agents to divert the attention of Kenyans from the myriad challenges it is facing.  

He said his lawyer James James Orengo will get in touch with him to arrange an appropriate time to go to the police.

Owalo was the head of the Raila Odinga Presidential Secretariat in the run-up to the March 4 General Election and is coordinating the former PM’s activities including organising his local and international events.

Police said they want him to clarify some issues that had been raised with them in regard to his conduct.



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