ODM dismisses links to Jacaranda Grounds chaos, terms it UDA’s attempt to deflect attention from ‘madoadoa’ gaffe
The Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) party has distanced itself from the mayhem at Deputy President William Ruto’s rally in Jacaranda Grounds, Embakasi East on Sunday.
ODM Secretary-General Edwin Sifuna, in a statement on Tuesday, dismissed claims by the United Democratic Alliance (UDA) that the chaos was orchestrated by ODM, terming them as a desperate attempt by DP Ruto’s camp to distract the public from the incitement allegations it is facing.
“ODM declines the invitation to be blamed for seeds of discord sown by the corruption lords who have panicked at the prospect of a Raila Presidency,” said Sifuna.
“Because the focus has shone on them for their reckless talk and conduct, UDA and its warmonger leader have been desperate for ways to deflect attention from the madoadoa grave they dug themselves into,” he added.
The party now wants the investigative authorities to probe the incident which saw stone-wielding youths disrupt the UDA rally.
“We welcome the call for the Police, DCI and all other investigative agencies to conduct a thorough probe into the events at Jacaranda,” stated Sifuna.
He added: “We have no doubt that the same conclusions as were drawn in Kondele, the fake assassination claims and fake abductions will be reached.”
UDA party chairman Johnson Muthama, through a statement on Monday, claimed that the stone-throwing mob was on ODM's payroll.
"A similar incident took place in Kitale where members of parliament allied to UDA were disrupted by the police from having a peaceful meeting," Muthama said.
According to UDA, ODM has demonstrated that it will use violence as part of its strategy to clinch the top seat in several separate incidents.
"This is not the first time these ugly scenes have occurred. On 5th September 2021, in Kieni Nyeri County, the Deputy President’s motorcade was stoned.
“Barely two months later in a more brazen attack, the Deputy President motorcade was also stoned in Kondele, Kisumu County on 10th October 2021," read the statement.
While accusing Interior CS Fred Matiang’i of ’silence’ and ‘cheerleading such intolerant and unacceptable behavior’, the party demanded that the Interior Ministry and the National Police Service investigate the incident and prosecute those found responsible.
They further promised to write to the IG to know the progress of the investigations and the action that has been taken.