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CORD: “GOVERNMENT PERPETRATING EXTRAJUDICIAL KILLINGS TO WEAKEN THE OPPOSITION”

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Gunmen killed businessman Jarred Ochok

The opposition has come out strongly to condemn the jubilee government on allegations that the state has a hand in the recent extrajudicial killings targeting prominent individuals allied to CORD, in a move to weaken the coalition.

CORD leader Raila Odinga has cited the ruthless killings of businessman Jarred Ochok and that of 26 Muslim Imams and four Christian priests in the Coastal region, saying that the government has not done much to bring the perpetrators to book.

Raila, who was speaking at Ochok’s funeral in Kendu Bay, said that the businessman was killed by a hit-squad that sprayed him with more than 32 bullets.

“I have been in the National Security Council and am aware that the government has a hit squad that may have been used to kill Mr Ochok,” he said.

The former Prime Minister also warned that if the trend continues, Kenyans could resort to taking the law into their own hands and urged president Uhuru and his deputy William Ruto to ensure that their government protects the sanctity of life saying that it’s sad for Kenyans to be killed by the very people who are supposed to be offering them security.

KILLED IN BROAD DAYLIGHT

Jarred Ochok, A well-known businessman who operated in Nairobi’s Eastlands was assassinated two weeks ago by heavily armed gunmen, who sprayed his car with bullets on Manyanja Road Nairobi.

A mechanic who was travelling with him died while two others were rushed to hospital with bullet injuries.

According to an eye witness, the gunmen were travelling in two cars which they used to block the road before opening fire to the victims’ car.  They then stepped out and walked to the car, broke the rear window and directed their guns to an already injured Mr Ochok and shot him severally.

Police who arrived at the scene of crime later on collected 35 spent cartridges.

According to Ochok’s family, he had expressed fears over his life, following death threats by unknown people.

The killings sparked protests from residents who demanded for the culprits to be arrested.

Security has been top on the list of the challenges facing the Jubilee government and the state should tighten its belt to ensure that the safety of citizens is guaranteed.

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