Opposition Chief Raila Odinga early Monday engaged in a heated altercation with a senior police officer stationed at the main entrance to the Supreme Court.
Raila who was in company of NASA co-principals Musalia Mudavadi and Moses Wetangula and Vihiga Senator George Khaniri arrived at the premise at 08:45am before the drama ensued shortly after they were ushered in.
The altercation took about 30 seconds and the identity of the officer could not immediately be established.
Raila last week blasted Nairobi police boss Japheth Koome for rejecting NASA’s Sunday plan to hold a vigil outside the Supreme Court ahead of the beginning of NASA’s petition hearing.
Koome following NASA’s request said: “Please note that I will not allow any person to disrupt the court proceedings hence the request by NASA rejected.”
“Note that City Hall way, Taifa Road and part of Wabera Street will remain closed from both vehicle and human traffic. Also the High court parking will remain closed for vehicle and small scale traders (hawkers). This applies on Saturday, Sunday, Monday, Tuesday and Friday.”
But Raila who spoke on Sunday after attending prayers at the All Saints Cathedral in Nairobi said Kenyans, constitutionally, have the right to assemble and associate.
“We don’t seek any permission. The law is very clear… that police officer does not understand the law. We are past permissions. He needs to read the law better,” he said.
An attempt by opposition MPs Gladys Wanga (Homa Bay Woman Rep), Simba Arati (Dagoretti North), Millie Odhiambo (Mbita) and John Mbadi (Suba) to hold a vigil outside the Supreme Court Sunday was thwarted by police who dispersed them as they matched towards the court.