ODM has reaffirmed its commitment to the ongoing mediation but declared it would go for nothing short of the presidency. Party leader, Mr Raila Odinga, led 43 MPs in stating they would not relent in efforts to capture the presidency, which was allegedly stolen from them.
Speaking during the burial of the slain former Ainamoi MP, David Kimutai Too, in Kericho District, on Saturday, the MPs reiterated their commitment to the mediation talks. They also said they would not betray the trust Kenyans have entrusted on them.
"We have accepted to talk with PNU but we assure our supporters we will not settle for a solution that betrays their cause," Raila said. He said ODM was aware that millions of Kenyans who voted for him and the party MPs would not accept to be short-changed by PNU in the talks.
Raila also urged Kenyans to give Mr Kofi Annan’s team a chance to resolve the political crisis.He added that Kibaki and other PNU leaders were resisting pressure to relinquish power which, he said, they acquired illegally.
If Kenyans managed to successfully fight the British Empire and freed the country from the colonial yoke, Kibaki and his foot soldiers will be defeated and when all is settled, this whole thing will look like a storm in a tea cup," he said.
Raila also said normalcy would not return unless justice was done, adding that mediation efforts should be based on peace and justice. "Too’s killing was not as a result of a love triangle as was bandied around by the police who were ill-bent on covering the fact that it was a political assassination. Too’s spilled blood will not be in vain as it will be the driving force in our quest for justice," he said.
Raila criticized the police commissioner, Major Gen Hussein Ali for going public on the love triangle angle before investigations were launched into the MP’s killing.
Too was gunned down by a traffic police officer in Eldoret a week ago.
Above: ODM leader, Mr Raila Odinga (left) and Eldoret North MP, Mr William Ruto pay their last respects to the slain Ainamoi MP, David Too. He was buried on Saturday at his home in Chepkoyo village, Kericho District.