I did not incite ‘haki yetu’ riots in Zimbabwe- Silas Jakakimba
3 months ago, 10 Aug 11:11
Zimbabwe police just fell short of calling him a fugitive and an anarchist who should be blamed for inciting the violence that erupted in that country after the elections. He claims he was there to represent Raila, but the ODM secretariat has disowned him. So where does the truth lie? Silas Jakakimba responds:
Based on your social media posts, you went to Zimbabwe to support the opposition at the behest of your party leader, Raila Odinga…
I have not posted on any of my social media handles anything to that effect. What you might have seen is a picture or two during Nelson Chamisa’s last engagements. However, what you have alluded to came from my formal statement to Kenyan media houses, when they contacted me on Sunday about an alleged publication in a local daily in Harare. The paper quoted a police officer saying they wanted to ‘interview’ me on my mission in Zimbabwe. Yes, I was in Zimbabwe on a noble mission - to show solidarity with my brother and friend Nelson Chamisa, but most importantly, to convey Raila Odinga’s goodwill message to the alliance’s leadership and the people of Zimbabwe on the occasion of such a defining transition window.
But the ODM secretariat has disowned you…
That is misleading. The ODM secretariat cannot and did not disown me. Whereas I am a life member of the change movement, I have never been an employee of the ODM secretariat. In as much as we are one team working for the same cause of realising a more equal society, I am answerable to the Raila Odinga secretariat.
What do you mean?
The ODM party headquarters did not have an observer or a representative ahead of or during the Zimbabwe elections. For the record, it is not true that the Hon Raila Odinga did not send a (personal) envoy. Ignore such reckless statements. I was in Zimbabwe on official assignment.
According to newspaper reports, the Zimbabwe police claim you incited opposition supporters to engage in violence. Is this true?
Nothing can be further from the truth. I was not on any discreet or sinister assignment in Harare. I arrived there publicly on Friday 27, left a clear record of my local contact persons on immigration documents. I later joined MDC Alliance leader Nelson Chamisa on his last public rally on Saturday, July 28. I did not address that rally. Comrade Chamisa only recognised my presence and informed the crowed that Mr Odinga had sent an ambassador of good-will, and asked me to stand up and wave. I left Harare when the streets were busy, folks warm and welcoming, skies clear-blue and the nation pregnant with all the prospects of a peaceful transition.
So why would they create a story like that?
I believe it was diversionary. The purported allegation is not even remotely possible.
How come ODM has never nominated you to Parliament or the East African Legislative Assembly?
We should look at this differently. ODM ni chama kubwa, with a reservoir of several highly-qualified intellectuals and party stalwarts just like me. ...
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