Contrary to what has been circulating in the media, the former Prime Minister never at one time did refuse handing over the vehicles as requested by the Ministry of Interior and Coordination of National Government. Documents in our position indicate there has been communication between the Ministry and the Hon Raila Odingaâ€™s office.
In one of the letters from the Ministry, dated July 26th, 2013, it informs the former PM of the vehicles he was to retain and security officers to be seconded to him. Mr Odinga through his office immediately sought to know where the surrendered vehicles should be delivered, and to whom.
According to Mr. Odingaâ€™s Spokesman Mr Dennis Onyango, at no time has Mr Odinga dragged H.E President Uhuru Kenyatta into the issues of government vehicles previously seconded to him as has twice been reported by the Nation Media Group.
â€œMr Odinga has not, at any time, discussed with any state officers, either verbally or in writing, his alleged agreement with the President on the issue of vehicles, as reported by the Daily Nation, Mr Onyango said.
Another letter dated August 13, 2013, The Raila Odinga Secretariat did write to the Cabinet Secretary, Ministry of Interior and Coordination of National Government. The letter was a procedural note indicating the release of the vehicles. Nowhere in the letter is it indicated any alleged agreement with the President on the issue of vehicles as peddled my some media houses notably the Nation Media Group.
There has never been any attempt by the former PM to hang on to the State vehicles as implied by the Nation Media Group.
For avoidance of doubt, below is the correspondence between The Raila Odinga Secretariat and the Ministry of Interior and Coordination of National Government on this matter.