September 27th, 2006 04:47 EST
ODM Kenya protest graft by anti-graft boss.
The Kenya Police today allowed the Orange Democratic Movement to lead a peaceful demonstration against the Kenya Anti-corruption boss, Justice Aaron Ringera, whom they claim is guilty of the crime he is supposed to be fighting.
Last week, the police and the ODM movement had come to a standoff, following the ODM’s sworn promise to storm Justice Ringera’s offices at Integrity Centre if he did not resign or be sacked by the President.
The principal deputy commissioner of police, Mr. Lawrence Mwadime later announced the MPs had been allowed to protest between 11.30am and 2pm today, starting their procession at the Railways Club in the city centre Uhuru Park and ending up at Integrity Centre.
Mr. Mwadime met the MPs because the police commissioner, Major-General Mohamed Hussein Ali, was on official duty in Brazil. At the weekend, ODM leaders – among them Mr. Raila Odinga, Mr. William Ruto, Mr. Musalia Mudavadi, Mr. Najib Balala and Prof Anyang' Nyong'o – threatened to mobilize the public to throw Justice Ringera out of his office if he failed to resign by today
This morning, however, it turned out that key ODM luminaries were missing at the demonstration which turned out to be peaceful. Mr. Raila Odinga had left for the UK to deliver a lecture at the School of Oriental and African Studies on the topic, "Kenya after Kibaki".
It also emerged that Prof Nyong'o, the party's interim secretary-general who wrote to the police stating the demonstration will go on, flew to South Africa yesterday in the morning and also will not be part of the march. Mr. Kalonzo Musyoka was absent because he is mourning his mother who died Sunday morning.
Justice Aaron Ringera is yet to make a statement with regards to the accusations lodged against him and the call for him to resign.