Kenyan opposition security detail withdrawn hours to planned protest march

Confirming the withdrawal, Raila spokesman Dennis Onyango said the bodyguards were last night asked to report to GSU headquarters in Nairobi for further instructions.

The government has withdrawn the bodyguards of NASA chiefs Raila Odinga and Kalonzo Musyoka with immediate effect.

"The withdrawal of my security and that of Raila is illegal. The law requires presidential candidates to have an all-round security protection," said  Kalonzo Musyoka Tuesday.Confirming the withdrawal, Raila spokesman Dennis Onyango said the bodyguards were last night asked to report to GSU headquarters in Nairobi for further instructions.

Orange Democratic Party Chairman and Suba Member of Parliament John Mbadi in a press statement ahead of their peaceful demonstration condemned the withdrawal.

“We are  equally dismayed by  the decision by Jubilee to withdrew the security details assigned to our presidential candidate the right honorable Raila Odinga  and his running mate Kalonzo Musyoka.”  He said.

“This is a dangerous precedent in bad taste and we want to tell president Uhuru Kenyatta that should anything happen to  any of our principals  we shall lay the blame squarely on his shoulders"

The ODM leaders have issued the government with a 24 hours ultimatum to reinstate NASA's security detail failure to which they will stage mass action.

Uhuru Kenyatta as a current holder of instruments of power is solely responsible for the security of Raila Odinga and Kalonzo Musyoka  and other senior  leadership of the  NASA coalition

We therefore give  the state  24 hours to  reinstate our leaders security  or face mass action  right at their door step, this is not negotiable that is irreducible minimum  I dare add “

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