A middle-aged man from Igembe Central Sub-County shocked many on Thursday when he hanged on the chopper carrying Opposition leader Raila Odinga and reportedly jumped off the aircraft a few meters from Maua Stadium.
Odinga had toured Meru County to mobilise residents to register as voters ahead of August 8 general election.
After his public address at Maili Tatu Grounds, Odinga hopped into his chopper and took off, unknowing of a man who had grabbed and sat on the landing skids.
The man clung on the chopper for a considerable distance – and when the pilot became aware of what was happening beneath; he reportedly lowered the aircraft at Athimba Primary School Grounds and the man leaped off.
Interestingly, the man was waving to the people on ground when the copter took off.
Reports say he has been rushed to a Meru hospital for treatment after suffering minor injuries on the back.
Area police boss Jane Nyakeruma says authorities were caught unawares by the unidentified man’s action.
According to a resident, the man hails from Kathatene Thuuru in Maua Town in Igembe South Constituency.
The incident made locals accuse the police of security laxity, saying the suspect could have been stopped by the police had the area been safeguarded.
The Maili Tatu rally was Raila’s last for the day of his Upper Eastern tour in his quest to urge Kenyans to register as voters.
Raila had earlier toured Isiolo, Meru Town, Kianjai and Muthara areas.
The Opposition leader, in his speech, insisted on the claims he had made earlier that the country’s National Intelligence Service (NIS) is planning to facilitate Jubilee administration rig the August 8 general polls.
Raila had alleged that NIS is registering foreigners to vote for Jubilee on August 8.
Raila’s claims were recently rubbished by President Uhuru Kenyatta, who termed them as outrageous.
Uhuru said Raila had resorted to making unsubstantiated claims after sensing defeat.
“You should register en masse so we can defeat the opposition. They have sensed defeat and are now making outrageous claims,” said Kenyatta who spoke in Kutus Town on Wednesday.
Raila has said the Opposition is in talks to unite with KANU, PNU, ODM, Wiper, Ford Kenya and other parties, ahead of the August election.
(Reporting by: Josiah Mugo, Koome Kimencu and Martin Mwenda in Meru County)