Raila: Police killed my grandson during Kisumu maandamano
Azimio la Umoja One Kenya leader Raila Odinga says the police officer has accused the police of killing his relative during the recent anti-government protests.
In the particular incident in Kisumu, the said police officer died due to injuries sustained after he was run over by a police van.
Mr Odinga who was addressing Azimio supporters at Ufungamano House on April 13, 2023, described the deceased police officer as a young man and his grandson.
“That young man is my grandson. His mother is actually my niece,” said Mr Odinga.
Mr Odinga added that he advised the mother to enroll the deceased as a police officer.
During the Azimio protests in Kisumu, news broke that Corporal Ben Oduor was murdered by protesters who pelted stones at him.
However, an expose aired on NTV revealed the officer was actually Corporal Odiwuor was run over by a police vehicle.
The deceased officer who was attached to Keroka Police Station in Nyamira County was commanding a team of officers trying to quell anti-government protests in Kisumu.
Police are yet to give a report on the death.
Mr Odinga has meanwhile accused police officers of arresting innocent Kenyans and setting them up on trumped-up charges including murder.
He also condemned police officers for brutally injuring journalists during the anti-government protests and hinted at legal action on the same.
Mr Odinga led the protests in a move he said was to exert pressure on President William Ruto’s government to lower the cost of living and address electoral reforms.
“Our lawyers are already working on something. We want to ensure that all the police officers who were involved in shooting, killing, and injuring innocent Kenyans are dealt with,” Odinga said.
The seasoned politician also said that the coalition will resume anti-government protests after Ramadhan. He said even though the coalition supports ongoing talks with the government, it will hold demos as dialogue continues.