Members of Parliament from Turkana County have denied claims that a plan was hatched to assassinate former Prime Minister and Cord leader Raila Odinga as he began his three-day tour to the region last Friday.
Addressing the media at Parliament buildings today, the MPs led by Senator John Munyes said that the chaos were choreographed by the Cord leaders presiding over the rally at Katilia ward in Turkana East Constituency.
The leaders accused the Cord leadership of “stage-managing the chaos and attributing them to area MP Nicholas Ngikor”.
They said that Jubilee and Cord supporters clashed during the rally and that bodyguards attached to Raila, Governor Josephat Nanok and some Kenya Police Reservists (KPR) shot in the air to quell the chaos.
Munyes said that trouble started when a section of Jubilee supporters from the area were curtail from attending the meeting by those from Cord, resulting to a fierce clash.
“Nobody wanted to kill Raila and we can prove that nobody was injured. You cannot create confusion in the country by seeking sympathy to purport Turkana is a hostile area and that something had been organized against Raila,” said Munyes.
He continued: “Some bit of tussling occurred and because it was getting closer to the dais, the security team including Raila’s bodyguards shot in the air to clear the crowd. There were no illegal guns used and as leaders, we don’t condone violence”.
Protus Akuja (Loima) accused Nanok of “stage-managing the incident to seek sympathy votes from the electorates”.