Matiang’i Issues Statement on Raila’s Chopper Stoning

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In a statement dated Friday, April 1, Matiang’i condemned the attack, asking police to ensure that the matter is urgently investigated and culprits brought to book. 

The Interior CS stated that those responsible for the stoning of Raila’s chopper will be arrested, further stating that those involved in the planning and funding of the chaos will also be prosecuted.”My attention has been drawn to the stoning and the resultant damage of a helicopter and motor vehicles associated with the Azimio presidential candidate, Raila Odinga, during the funeral service of Mzee Jackson Kibor in Uasin Gishu County today.

“I call upon the National Police Service (NPS) to investigate the matter and ensure that all the culprits and their masterminds are made to swiftly and decisively face the consequences of their criminal actions,” he stated.

Matiang’i affirmed that security agencies would not allow such incidents to recur, citing the 2007-2008 post-election violence that led to over 1,300 deaths and displacement of over half a million people.

“The regrettable incident is a sad and atavistic reminder of the ugly face of violent political intolerance that our beloved motherland has worked hard to consign to the annals of a painful history in the last 14 years. I condemn this reprehensible and abhorrent act in the strongest terms possible,” read the statement in part.

The statement by the CS came after NPS stated that Regional Commissioner for Rift Valley had been tasked with overseeing the investigations and arrest of the culprits.

“The Inspector General of Police has issued firm instructions to the Rift Valley Regional Police Commander to urgently take decisive action against the perpetrators of today’s violence, including all those who will be implicated for planning and organizing the violence,” read the statement by NPS.

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