Raila defends Aladwa as police ordered to release him on Sh20,000 bail

RailaCord leader Raila Odinga has defended George Aladwa over incitement remarks he made during Mashujaa day celebrations on Tuesday.

“There is nothing wrong with cautioning people against stealing from other people. The Jubilee leaders are criticizing Aladwa for nothing,” Raila said.

High Court judge Joseph Onguto ordered police to release Aladwa on a cash bail of Sh20,000, over inflammatory comments captured on a video, warning the state against rigging the 2017 elections.

Aladwa had been booked at Kamukunji and Kilimani police stations after being arrested by the Flying Squad on Friday.

But his lawyers could not trace him at Kamukunj Police station on Friday evening and are headed to Nairobi Area station to serve police with a court order for his release.

Raila spoke during the burial of Emily Mbaire, wife to Mau Mau Veterans Association’s secretary Gitu Wa Kahengeri in Kilimambogo, Kiambu county, where Jubilee MPs asked him to state his stand on the issue.

Members of the Jubilee coalition condemned the former Nairobi Mayor, terming his remarks as “hate speech meant to cause disunity and unrest in the country”.

Dagoretti MP Dennis Waweru condemned Aladwa’s utterances and said Kenyans “will not shed blood for anyone’s sake”.

“If Kenyans die for you to be the Presidents as one of your followers has publicly stated, then who will you lead? ” Waweru asked Raila.

Kabete MP Ferdinand Waititu took issue with the former Nairobi mayor for saying God is tired with the prayer rallies being held by Jubilee leaders, for the release of DP William Ruto and Radio journalist Joshua Sang.

“We will continue holding prayers for Ruto and Sang because we as Jubilee leaders we believe that prayers work miracles and God is never tired with his people,” Waititu said.

– the-star.co.ke

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