Kimemia letter used to block Raila from airport VIP lounges

FILE A copy of the letter used to block Cord leader Raila Odinga from accessing some VIP lounges at various local airports.

What you need to know:

  • Secretary to the Cabinet Francis Kimemia in a letter directed the then Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Transport, Mr Karanja Kibicho, to ensure that nobody accessed the airport apron or VIP lounges except those listed
  • The letter was copied to Deputy President William Ruto, Interior Permanent Secretary Mutea Iringo, the Inspector General of Police David Kimaiyo, the chairman of the Kenya Airports Authority Mutuma Mugambi and managing director Stephen Gichuki
  • The decision to bar Mr Odinga from accessing the VIP lounges at the airport drew sharp criticism with many saying it was meant to humiliate him

The decision to bar former Prime Minister Raila Odinga from some government VIP lounges at Kenyan airports was made with the full knowledge of top government officials, it can be revealed.

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