In Summary
  • Opposition to hold a major memorial service at Jacaranda grounds in Nairobi on Tuesday to pray with the families of those killed by police. 

National Super Alliance leader Raila Odinga on Friday said the police should have arrested and detained him at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport when he returned from the US last week instead of killing innocent Kenyans.

Mr Odinga, who spoke during a fundraiser for the funeral expense of the victims of police brutality in Nairobi said the police should have dealt with him even as he scoffed at the planned swearing-in ceremony of President Uhuru Kenyatta on Tuesday.

MEMORIAL

He said it is wrong for the Jubilee administration to hold such celebrations at a time when the country is mourning the brutal murder of innocent Kenyans.

Mr Odinga announced that the opposition will hold a major memorial service at Jacaranda grounds in Embakasi, Nairobi on Tuesday to pray with the families of those killed by police. 

“It will be crazy for any government to arrange for any ceremony when the country is mourning.

"On Tuesday it will not be a rally but a major memorial service to pray with the families to ensure that their loved ones get a descent send off,” Mr Odinga said.

Mr Odinga donated Sh1 million.

Many people are reported to have been felled by police bullets on different incidents within the city though officials have denied the claims saying many of the dead were victims of as a result of mob justice.

Siaya Senator James Orengo said he has invited the International Human Rights Commission and the International Criminal Court to conduct investigations on police brutality.

“This matter will not end here. These deaths are extrajudicial killings by the police against the people because of their political affiliation. The Jubilee leadership has not given a word of apology,” Mr Orengo said as he aimed a swipe at foreign envoys in the country for turning a blind eye “as Kenyans cry for justice.”

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