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Raila’s big plan for parallel Mashujaa Day celebrations

Nasa leader Raila Odinga will on Friday lead the opposition brigade in parallel Mashujaa Day celebrations in Kisumu in memory of the victims of police brutality.

ODM Director of Communication Philip Etale said Mr Odinga will be in Kisumu and later in Bondo to “mourn the departed heroes and condole with their families.”

He said the leaders will also console the victims of police brutality who suffered injuries during the peaceful anti-IEBC protests.

Mr Odinga had on Tuesday indicated that Nasa had suspended its weekly protests in honour of the innocent victims of the State.

“On Friday, we will mark the memory of these victims as heroes of the struggle for electoral justice at a venue to be disclosed later. On that day, we shall communicate our next course of action,” Mr Odinga said on Tuesday.

Nasa has since chosen Kisumu and Bondo, which were worst hit by the protests, as police shot dead three youths in Bondo, Siaya County and a Vihiga High School student in Kisumu during the protests to push for electoral reforms.


Scores of other youths, including children and an elderly woman, were injured in the four Nyanza counties of Kisumu, Siaya, Homa Bay and Migori.

Mr Odinga said Nasa remains deeply disturbed by the continued murder and brutalization of supporters especially in Western Kenya.

“The murders that have occurred during recent protests, together with those committed immediately after August elections were clearly premeditated and carefully planned to annihilate the people and make them accept a stolen election,” Mr Odinga said.

The latest killings, he said, exposed the ugly face of the alliance between the legitimate security organs and militia armed and dressed by the State to subdue people seeking free, fair and credible elections.

He accused the Inspector General of Police Joseph Boinnet and Interior Cabinet Secretary Dr Fred Matiang’i of facilitating gangs on drugs and security officers “fed with divisive propaganda and ethnic bigotry to execute a murderous expedition against unarmed and innocent civilians.”