RAILA ODINGA HAS NEVER OWNED A RANGE ROVER AS CLAIMED BY STANDARD:
In its page one today, October 9, 2019, the Standard newspapers published a lead weird story claiming that Mr Raila Odinga’s luxury vehicle, a Range Rover bearing registration KCS 002D, “is among 18 top-of-the-range cars impounded by detectives over fraudulent registration claims.”
In the story, the Standard reported that Mr Odinga is being sought by DCI for what amounts to tax evasion and fraud.
Mr Odinga has never ever owned a Range Rover vehicle. Indeed, the paper admits in the same story that a search at the National Transport and Safety Authority (NTSA) for registration particulars of the vehicle did not yield any results.
The Standard therefore had no reason other than lack of professionalism, recklessness, and a preference for sensationalism over facts and malice against Mr Odinga, to claim that the so-called top of the range car belonged to Mr Odinga.
This weird story is a continuation of an agenda of misinformation about Mr Odinga that the paper started on 16th September 2019 when it claimed that a furious Mr Odinga had pressed top ODM officials to explain mistakes in the party voters’ register that marred Kibra by-election nominations.
The paper continued with the trend the next day on 17th September 2019 claiming, falsely again, that Mr Odinga had refunded nomination fees to aspirants who had lost Kibra nomination contest, holding up this as an admission that the exercise had been flawed.
To get to the bottom of today’s false and malicious story and to end this trend at the publication, and after lengthy consultations, Mr Odinga has instructed A.T. Oluoch & Company advocates to act for him against the Standard Newspapers.
Mr Odinga wishes to assure the media fraternity of his unwavering commitment to the ideals of a free, independent, professional and responsible media as a cornerstone of democracy.
OCTOBER 9, 2019.