In Summary
  • Mr Jakakimba issued a statement on Sunday claiming he was sent to Harare by Mr Odinga.
  • ODM initially fought off general claims that the party was involved in the violence.

The Orange Democratic Movement has denied sending Mr Silas Jakakimba to Zimbabwe as the party’s representative during the country's General Election.

ODM executive director Oduor Ong’wen on Tuesday said though Mr Jakakimba is known to party leader Raila Odinga, having worked in the Office of the Prime Minister during the coalition government, he is neither an employee of ODM nor in the Raila secretariat.

Mr Jakakimba issued a statement on Sunday claiming he was sent to Harare by Mr Odinga.

“Last week, Hon Odinga asked me to go to Zimbabwe to convey his goodwill message to the Movement for Democratic Change,” Mr Jakakimba said, referring to the Zimbabwe opposition party.

The self-declared ODM strategist challenged critics to visit Youtube and view a clip of him delivering the message.

POST-ELECTION VIOLENCE

Mr Jakakimba said he was received at the airport by the widow of MDC founder Morgan Tsvangirai, Elizabeth Macheka.

Mr Jakakimba’s tour may not have been known by many until Zimbabwe police said they wanted to question him in relation to the post-election violence that killed six people.

Zimbabwe police chief spokesperson Charity Charamba said Mr Jakakimba was in Harare as Mr Odinga’s envoy, adding that he incited opposition supporters.

"The Zimbabwe republic police is keen to interview Silas Jakakimba, a Kenyan, in connection with the disturbance which occurred in Harare on August 1, 2018,” she said.

ODM initially fought off general claims that the party was involved in the violence.

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