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Drama as Raila, Kalonzo blocked from Athi River demolition land

Police block Azimio leaders; Raila, and Kalonzo among others from accessing Athi River Portland Cement Company’s demolition land in Machakos county.

ODM leader Raila Odinga was on Monday denied access to the site where demolitions are occurring at the East African Portland Cement Company in Athi River, Machakos.

Raila was in the company of Wiper leader Kalonzo Musyoka, Machakos Governor Wavinya Ndeti, Senator Edwin Sifuna, Mavoko MP Patrick Makau, and several other leaders who were also blocked.

An attempt by the leaders to access where demolitions are being conducted was blocked by security officers manning the area.

In a video, the officer leading the demolitions argued that Raila and his team would disrupt the ongoing process.

The former prime minister was instructed to return the following week.

“We are not doing anything wrong. We are doing what needs to be done, and that is returning this land back to the public,” the officer stood his ground. 

“You can continue to conduct your meeting elsewhere and meet people elsewhere but not here.”

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The ODM leader insisted on gaining access to the site, blaming the government on the current demolitions that has left hundreds of Kenyans homeless. 

“Allow us to pass as we want to see what’s going on,” he stated. 

“We will not allow because we know what you want to do,” the officer responded. 

Attempts by Kalonzo to convince the officers to allow them in fell flat.

Sifuna too tried persuading the officers but they held their ground and told the Azimio leaders that the area was out of bounds.

Demolitions at the EAPCC land entered Day five on Tuesday.

The demolition followed a court order that ruled the land in contention is a property of EAPCC.

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