Odinga, Mudavadi condemn Kisii killings

Raila Odinga (right) and ANC leader Musalia Mudavadi at a church service in the past. PHOTO: File

The Coalition for Reforms and Democracy (CORD) leader, Raila Odinga, has condemned the shooting to death of two unarmed and innocent women traders by police at Daraja Mbili market in Kisii Town Thursday, October 6.

In a strongly worded statement to newsrooms, Odinga termed the incident as “reckless and unprofessional” adding that such actions only undermine relations between citizens and low enforcement agencies.

“As a country, we need to stand together and reject the culture of brutality, impunity and violence by security officers,” read the statement in part.

“Security sector reforms, fought and frustrated by the top leadership of the security and intelligence agencies, have stalled. The time has come for the country to begin fresh debate and come to a resolution on the issue of professional policing of our society,” said Odinga.

While condoling with the families who lost their loved ones in the incident, Odinga called for justice saying: “An attack on any one innocent civilian is an attack on the people of Kenya.”

“We must be told the truth and justice must be done for the two women and their families,” Odinga noted.

At the same time, ANC party leader, Musalia Mudavadi, has condemned the killings saying that the shooting of innocent bystanders in Kisii should be condemned by all law abiding citizens.

In his statement, Mudavadi insisted that the protection of a VIP should not downgrade the life of any Kenyan.

“No effort should be spared in unearthing who gave the order to shoot,” stated Mudavadi.

The Kisii County Security Committee has since disarmed Administration Police officers implicated in the shooting and investigations launched.

The two women were traders at the Kisii open air market.

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