Gatundu South Member of Parliament Moses Kuria threatened to arrest the Coalition for Reforms and Democracy (CORD) chief Raila Odinga and personally hand him over to Inspector General of Police Joseph Boinett.
According to the legislator, he will do so if Boinnet does not act and order the Opposition leader’s arrest following the seizure of a consignment with illegal ethanol by KRA and Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission detectives.
The legislator said the nabbed goods were destined to Spectre International – a company associated with the Raila.
Kuria who was speaking at Difathas, Mwea East constituency during the burial of Lucy Wambui Njagi – Dennis Itumbi’s aunt, wondered why Boinnet had failed to act on the matter.
He criticised the IG for playing soft on the ODM leader for a long time.
“This is the same ethanol that is used to prepare second generation brews that have finished our youth,” Kuria noted.
“Raisi anajaribu kufanya kazi lakini mtu mzima kama Raila anaenda ng’ambo kusema wazungu wasisaidie serikali kwa sababu ya Eurobond…Wiki hii, KRA na EACC katika go-down kule Nairobi wameshika container na ethanol ya magendo na ni ya kampuni ya Spectre International ambayo ni yake. Mimi nashangaa mbona inspector general anaogopa huyu mtu,” Kuria said in Kiswahili.
This loosely translates to: “The President is trying in his work but mature people like Raila Odinga are travelling abroad to incite investors against the government because Eurobond and corruption. This week in Nairobi at one go-down, KRA and EACC nabbed a consignment with illegal ethanol belonging to Specter International Company that is owned by him. I am left to wonder why the inspector general is so afraid of this man.”
The controversial MP reckoned it was ironic for Odinga to claim he is clean of corruption yet his company is involved in dirty business, adding that: “If it was another person arrested with the said ethanol, that person could be rotting in cells already.”
“The constitution allows citizen to arrest people they feel have violated the law. If Raila is too big to be arrested by Boinnet, let him give me the job. I will wake up very early go to his place arrest him without any harm and take him to court,” the Star quoted Kuria.
Kuria’s received support on the issue from Gichugu MP Njogu Barua who accused Raila of inciting Kenyans.
He said: “He has on several occasions used hate speech in his rallies and incited Kenyans but he has walked freely all through.”
When the paper contacted Raila’s spokesman Dennis Onyango, he said they were unaware of the claims.
“That information belongs to Kuria. We cannot comment on such baseless rumours. We cannot and will not play such games,” the paper quoted Onyango.
Raila left the country on Thursday, October 20, for Britain to deliver a public lecture at the London Metropolitan University during the opening of the London Political Summit.