for Capital FM
Leader of the Majority Coalition in Parliament Aden Duale has apologised on behalf of the Jubilee government for the ill treatment that former PM Raila Odinga experienced at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, after being denied access to the VIP lounge.
Duale, who was responding to a statement sought by Rarieda MP Nicholas Gumbo on the issue said it was unfortunate that the incident occurred, maintaining that it would not be repeated.
He however told Parliament on Thursday that Odingaâ€™s aides wanted him to access VIP Lounge III, which is reserved for the Deputy President and Retired Heads of State, and also have his motorcade access the airside.
According to Duale, the requests were turned down for security reasons.
â€œAccess to the airside is restricted and the former premier was requested to proceed to VIP II but he opted to proceed through the normal domestic departure to the Kenya Airways lounge,â€ he explained.
Members of the National Assembly however felt dissatisfied with the response and things got murky when Duale said that Odinga was required to use VIP lounge II, which is reserved for Cabinet Secretaries, Heads of diplomatic missions and Members of Parliament on a prearranged basis.
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