CORD leader Raila Odinga says he has “unconditionally” forgiven Moses Kuria for calling for his assassination Raila said today that he was sure the Gatundu South MP did not mean what he reportedly said.
“Kuria played to his supporters. He was overwhelmed by a crowd and found himself uttering things he did not intend to. I am sure he did not mean it,” he said.
He said Kuria would not make a public announcement if he intended to kill him. Raila spoke AIC Milimani during the requiem service for the late Ngala Mwendwa.
Raila and Cord co-principals Kalonzo Musyoka (Wiper leader) and Moses Wetang’ula (Bungoma Senator) have been leading demonstrations for reforms at the IEBC. They have accused the commission of being corrupt, hindering its efforts for the Okoa Kenya referendum and lacking the capacity to manage the next poll. IEBC chairman Issack Hassan has denied the allegations.
Kuria and seven other Cord and Jubilee politicians are facing incitement charges over remarks issued on several occasions.
They were charged earlier today at Milimani law courts. Raila went for the hearings but had to alight from his vehicle at the gate and walk in after riot police blocked his motorcade.
Raila was eventually granted access with just a few of his aides. Kuria alluded to a plot to “assassinate” the opposition chief because he is a “threat to the nation”.
He spoke last Sunday at the thanksgiving rally of a vernacular station radio presenter held at the Safaricom indoor stadium, Kasarani. His remarks were captured in a one and half minute video, and have resulted in a court case, amid fears of violence in the August 2017 general election.
Kuria is currently facing three charges of incitement to violence, hate speech and fanning ethnic hatred. He is accused of linking the Gikomba terrorist attack, which killed 10 in 2015, to members of the Luo community.