Former Prime Minister Raila Odinga has reiterated his calls for a national dialogue, claiming he had secrets he intends to share with the Government over “the current leaking security system in the country”.
The CORD leader said as the former chairman of the National Security Council, he was privy to secrets on what was ailing the country’s security system, which he cannot share with the Government through the media but through structured talks with the Head of State.
Speaking on arrival at Moi International Airport in Mombasa on his way to attend the burial of Sheikh Mohamed Idris who was killed by unknown assailants at his Likoni home yesterday morning, the former PM said the information he has can fix runaway insecurity in the country.
“As you are aware, I was the chairman of the National Security Council and I know so many secrets about our security system. I know what is ailing our security system and I can’t share them on national televisions. That is the reason we have asked for dialogue with the Government,” he added.
Raila said the killing of Sheikh Idris, a moderate cleric who has been vocal against the radicalisation of Muslim youths in Mombasa, was a sign of a bigger insecurity problem that needs to be fixed immediately.
“This country is at a crossroads and Kenyans need to talk and those telling as to wait until after five years, I tell them that what is happening are signs of even bigger problems to come,” he said.
The former PM said that over 21 Islamic clerics and four Christian clerics have been killed in Coast region and that the Government cannot afford to sweep the matter of insecurity in the region under the carpet.
Since his return after a three-month sabbatical leave in the United States, the former PM has fervently called on President Uhuru Kenyatta to call for national dialogue to deliberate on issues affecting the country.
Yesterday, however, Odinga said that insecurity in the country had reached unprecedented levels and that this was one of the pressing national issues that cannot wait until after five years.