KENYA: Raila’s directive to suspend dredging activity in Likoni divides public opinion

AU Envoy Raila Odinga (C), after being briefed by operation commander Lawrance Gituma at the Likoni ferry in Mombasa county on Saturday, October 5. Photo: Raila Odinga.
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AT Team

A heated debate has erupted in Kenya following ODM leader Raila Odinga’s orders to suspend dredging activity on the shores of the Indian Ocean amid intensified search for missing Mariam Kigenda and daughter Amanda Mutheu who drowned at Likoni Channel.

Raila who was in Likoni, Mombasa county, on Saturday, October 5, directed the dredging activity on the shores of the Indian Ocean be suspended immediately to facilitate the recovery mission.

“I want to give an order here that the dredging works stop immediately so that those who are working here can work without interference,” Odinga said.

“Stringent measures must be put in place to ensure that such an incident does not occur again and we pray to God to grant strength to those affected” he added.

Former prime minister Raila Odinga, Likoni MP Mishi Mboko, KFS chairman Dan Mwazo and others in Mombasa county on Saturday, October 5. / Raila Odinga.

Whereas a section of Kenyans appeared to wonder in what capacity the former prime minister was issuing the orders, Africa Tembelea understands Raila Odinga could have issued the orders in his capacity as the African Union’s High Representative for Infrastructural Development. This however did not go down well with many others.

“So Raila Odinga is now giving orders to State agencies? Did I miss something? In what capacity was he doing it at Mombasa Likoni channel? As the the AU High Representative of infrastructure, People’s president, Prime Minister, DP or who exactly? Anyway, wacheni Baba aitwe Baba,” @PhilemonAntony posted on twitter.

“Dredging continues after a day Raila Odinga ordered for its suspension… Kweli kwa ground vitu ni different,” posted collins Lenti Leshornai via @leshornai.

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