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Kenya’s former prime minister Raila Odinga’s police bodyguard loses gun to a prostitute in Kisumu after sleeping with her

Posted by African Press International on April 23, 2013

The incident is an embarrassment for the government.

It has been reported that the policeman identified as Mr Edwin Okinda was part of a group of policemen that had been providing bodyguard duties to former Prime Minister Raila Odinga when he visited Nyanza region. 

The police boss of the area Joseph ole Tito on Monday confirmed the arrest of the woman identified as Ms Maurine Adhiambo saying she was helping police with the investigations into the matter.

The gun stolen is a Ceska pistol, and had nine 15millimetre bullets according to the report from the police.

Reliable sources state that the officer whose firearm was stolen spent the night at Kisumu’s Dalc hotel with the woman in question and when he woke up in the morning, the woman and the gun was missing.

He spent the night in the hotel after carrying out his escort duties to the former PM who had visited Nyanza region that day.

According to Kenya media, the incident is an embarrasing event especially because CORD members of Parliament are trying to get Raila Odinga to parliament after losing the presidency to President Uhuru Kenyatta.  This is a very sad affair because the gun may now be in the hands of criminals in Kisumu.

The woman was on Tuesday arraigned in a Kisumu court charged with stealing the pistol and money from the police officer

Maurine Adhiambo was before the senior Principal Magistrate Samuel Atonga to answer three counts of theft. The first count, she is to answer is that of stealing a government-issued Ceska pistol valued at Sh150,000 from the officer while he was asleep

The second charge to answer is that of stealing 15 nine-millimetre bullets from the said policeman and the third charge is the cashe totalling  Sh23,000 cash.

It is reported that the police officer was charged last week for being careless and losing a government pistol and ammunition. The man may also face administrative discipline by his employer (the government) and lose his job.

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Nyanza church leaders are urging President Kenyatta and his Deputy Ruto to implement devolution

Posted by African Press International on April 14, 2013

Nyanza Council of Church Leaders say that the New Government under President Uhuru Kenyatta and Deputy President William Ruto should fully support the devolved system of Governance.
They are also saying the new Administration should enable the County Leaders in the 47 Counties across the Country to carry their Constitutional mandate without interferences from any external forces as was pledged during the swearing-in on Tuesday of the new leaders in the Presidency.
They further appeal to the new Administration to embrace Nyanza Region in his Development plan despite its political affiliation because it is also part and parcel of this country.
They pledge that they will support and work with the new Administration since it is the Government of the day.
What is now important in the Country is for the new President and his team to fully help in uniting the Country so that it to be one Nation especially after the just concluded intense political campaigns witnessed in the recent past in various parts of the Country.
They urge the new Government to strive to deliver and fulfill its various pledges to Kenyans which they made when they were campaigning as contained in the Jubilee Coalition manifesto.
The Country now needs the element of Peace and tranquility so as to help it prosper under the new system of Government, hence the need to promote peace in various parts of the country
There is also need to heal and reconcile various communities after those vigorous political campaigns prior to the just concluded General Elections and this therefore calls on the New Government to ensure the Country is united while it takes shape.
The group fear that the new government may ignore Nyanza region because the voters there did not show support for President Uhuru and Deputy President Ruto during their campaigns and the voting. The people of Nyanza voted overwhelmingly for their own “crown prince Raila Odinga“, as believed by them,  a man who failed to win the presidency after so much thirst to take over the Presidency, – and now failing in his third attempt.. All his critics believe that he will never be president because the next presidential elections will be in August 2017, and that time will find him clocking 73 years old. This was his last chance. He is was prime minister during the Kibaki’s last term in office. He got the job due to pressure on Kibaki by the International community after the 2007/2008 post-election violence.
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Prime Minister Raila Odinga condons the Kisumu killings

Posted by African Press International on November 3, 2012

  • By Maurice Alal, reporting from Kisumu Kenya

The Prime Minister of Republic of Kenya Raila Amollo Odinga has condoned police in Kisumu City over the recent shooting during riots where eight people were killed by police.

The PM said that it is shocking and regrettable  that police are using excessive force to disperse rioters which has left four people dead saying that those people must be arrested and charged in a court of law.

Odinga also claimed that police are also colluding with criminals that have led to increase of insecurity in the city where a number of people have been murdered. “We cannot live in a city where gangs have taken control of making people to be killed in a broad daylight. Police must wake up of their laxity,” said the PM.

He said despite challenges that police are facing to undertake their work; they should not take that as an advantage to allow criminals to take charge of the city.

However, the PM have also appealed to the resident to maintain peace as the matter is being investigated to arrest those involved in the recent killing in Kisumu. “As resident of Kisumu, you should help police with vital information to fight insecurity in the region,” said Odinga.

He also said that over five people have been killed in a week a move that have raised eyebrows saying the rise of insecurity was of a great concern to the government.

“The government is currently working on various measures to ensure residents confidence on security is restored,” Odinga said adding that this also scaring away investors locally and internationally.

In connection to the killing of an ODM politician which enjoys huge following in Nyanza region  where the PM hails from and countrywide, Raila said the killing should not be perceived as political but pure criminal activities.

Odinga also revealed that former police officer who had earlier work in the region was already brought back as demanded by the area residents but said an individual cannot curb insecurity in the region urging stakeholders to unite for security to prevail

The residents on Monday took to the street of Kisumu City over the killing of a ODM party Chairman and also aspirant for the newly created Kisumu Central Constituency Shem Onyango Kwega in demand of an explanation.

Kwega was shot together with his wife Rose Onyango after breakfast meeting in a Kisumu hotel at around 10am by two armed gangs who are said to have made away with Shs. 1.2 million which he was going to bank.The wife is currently fighting for her life at Aga Khan hospital in Kisumu.

This prompted the angry resident and his supporters to protest the killing who later engaged police in a running battle forcing them to lobby teargas canisters which burst into flames and burned 3 people to death. It was during the same riots where police shot 8 people as they were trying to escape.

According to Nyanza police boss Joseph Oletito, the recent killings are pure criminal activities urging the resident to be calm as police finalized their investigations.

Oletito said that so far two prime suspects have been arrested in connection to the killing of the late Kwega and are currently in police custody helping them with investigation.”We are yet to arrest more assailants. Resident should remain vigilant and provide police with information about these gangs,” he said.

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