Drama at Supreme Court as Raila Odinga causes a stir

Nasa Leader Raila Odinga engages security personnel in an argument
  • The NASA leader defied the police boss and personally ushered his team past a security cordon around the court premises.
  • The petitioners were presenting their case before the Supreme Court judges and NASA co-principals attended the session

There was a tense moment yesterday when police attempted to block some of the people accompanying the National Super Alliance presidential candidate to the Supreme Court.

Raila Odinga arrived at the court at 8.45am in the company of NASA co-principals Musalia Mudavadi and Moses Wetang'ula, Senator-elect George Khaniri, and Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) party's Norman Magaya.

The group was accosted by police officers who attempted to scrutinise Raila's entourage. Wiper party leader Kalonzo Musyoka's bodyguards were barred when he arrived five minutes later.

"Please wait, there are procedures at this gate. These are our procedures," Inspector Papai was heard saying.

But Raila demanded that the security officers allow his team in.

Nasa Leader Raila Odinga with (from left) George Khaniri Musalia Mudavadi and Moses Wetangula arrive at Supreme Court Nairobi to follow Nasa filed petition hearing 28/08/17 Photo Moses Omusula

"Which procedures are you referring to? This is not a police station. Whose order is that? You cannot block us from attending the Supreme Court proceedings," protested Raila. "These are NASA principals and we have a right to attend."

The police then allowed Raila's entire team in.

When they attempted to block part of the team, which included his official bodyguards, Raila personally ushered them in, to the consternation of the security officers manning the City Hall entrance.

But more drama awaited them at the entrance to the main Supreme Court. While Raila, Mudavadi, and Wetang'ula were allowed in, their bodyguards were barred.

Leader of Majority in the National Assembly Aden Duale walked in a few minutes after the NASA principals.

Others included Senate Leader of Majority Kithure Kindiki, Elgeyo Marakwet Senator-elect Kipchumba Murkomen, and IEBC CEO Ezra Chiloba.

Mombasa Governor Hassan Joho was also allowed in. [Luke Anami]


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