Azimio la Umoja - One Kenya coalition leader Raila Odinga now claims there was an attempt on his life and that of Wiper leader Kalonzo Musyoka during the opposition's anti-government protests in Nairobi on Monday, March 20, 2023.
Speaking during a press conference at the Jaramogi Oginga Odinga Foundation in Nairobi, Raila said vehicles carrying the two leaders were shot at as they led demonstrations in the city.
"There was an attempt on the lives of both Hon. Raila Odinga and Hon. Kalonzo Musyoka. Their cars were shot at but luckily they were unharmed," Raila said.
The opposition chief also accused anti-riot police of brutalising Azimio supporters peacefully protesting against the high cost of living in the country.
Raila condemned what he termed as police brutality on Azimio supporters protesting against the high cost of living in the country.
He said two people lost their lives during the demonstrations yesterday even as he assured the families of the deceased support in seeking legal justice.
"Very unfortunately, during this otherwise peaceful process, many of the demonstrators got hurt and at least two innocent Kenyans were killed in cold blood by the police. We pass sincere condolences to families that lost loved ones to police brutality. We will stand with those families in all ways, including pursuing justice on behalf of their loved ones," Raila stated.
"We will ensure that all those responsible are held to account for the lives that were cut short and the pains of those who got injured."
Raila also demanded the immediate and unconditional release of all persons arrested yesterday even as he accused the Independent Police Oversight Authority (IPOA) and Kenya National Commission on Human Rights of silence amid "misuse of the police" by the State.
The former prime minister has listed five reasons for the opposition's calls for peaceful demonstrations, including the high cost of living, electoral injustice, nepotism in state appointments, the sacking of civil servants and defence for democracy.