CORD leader Raila Odinga and a host of coalition members fell during a rally in Kilifi county on Friday when a dais they were standing on collapsed. Raila was in the middle of an address to supporters at the Malindi municipal stadium after attending a court hearing in when the dais gave way owing to the weight of several leaders.
Ironically, Raila had just concluded on one of his parables in which he alluded to his supporters of an attempt by forces he branded as the “devil”, to lure Coast CORD leaders from the coalition. He said the leaders had rejected the advances.
“I was shown the hill where the devil tempted Jesus telling him he would give him all the land if he worshiped him. But Jesus rejected the devil telling him to go away,” Raila said.
It was at this point that the dais gave way sending the Cord leaders flailing to the ground. There were no injuries reported following the incident.
Raila was in Kilifi county to offer his support for the coalition’s embattled leaders who lamented harassment from the state. The High Court in Malindi ordered police not to arrest, intimidate or harass Cord leaders.
Mombasa Governor Hassan Joho and his Kilifi counterpart Amason Kingi filed a petition against the Attorney General, Coast regional coordinator Nelson Marwa, Inspector General of Police, Interior Cabinet Secretary and the Jubilee Alliance Party.
They sought orders, with other legislators and their associates, restraining the police from intimidating, harassing or withdrawing their security or bodyguards.
Justice Said Chitembwe ordered Kingi, Joho and seven lawmakers who had been summoned by police to be given free bond because they could not run away in their capacities as governors, MPs and senators.
Issuing the orders in the packed courtroom in the presence Cord co-principals Raila Odinga, Musyoka, and Wetang’ula, Chitembwe fixed the matter for inter party hearing on April 18.
“Pending the hearing of this application, conservatory orders are hereby issued restraining the respondents from harassing, intimidating or withdrawing security, firearms, or firearms licence to the second to 22nd interested parties on account of any alleged incidences, arising out of the Malindi by-election,” Chitembwe said.
Malindi town and the law courts were brought to a stand still as the Cord brigade arrived in style from the airport.
Supporters forced themselves into the building to hear the verdict.
The Cord leaders had a hard time entering the courtroom as hundreds of supporters scrambled to get in, forcing their security aides to push them. In the courtroom, supporters shouted Baba while others sang ‘we stand with Joho and Kingi’. Security was beefed up in the courtroom before the judge came in.