By Africa-Confidential blog
A damning story from Uganda’s internal security organization (ISO) has claimed that a Ugandan Intelligence Officer intercepted an assassination plot on Kenya’s President Uhuru Kenyatta, on 19th January 2019.
A source known to this writer provided a detailed account of how President’s security team delayed take-off by almost four hours, seeking to neutralize the assassin’s threat.
The plot involved a lone suicide bomber, who had already gained access to the airport as a casual worker just a week earlier. His initial assassination plot was set for January 23rd when the President was scheduled to travel to Eritrea through JKIA.
But on Thursday 17th January 2019, the assassin got wind of burial preparation plans at the home of the late Bruce Odhiambo, in Koru, Kisumu County. He brought forward the assassination after he got a call from Atbara, a city in North Eastern Sudan. The assassins plot was to detonate his device, after President Kenyatta landed at JICIA from a burial in Kisumu. According to papers seen by the source, the bomber was to position himself (camouflaged a casual worker) right at the first gate of the Presidential pavilion and detonate himself.
The source claims that the impact of the explosive would have been so devastating, that nobody within a radius of 4 meters would have survived. On the material day, the said ISO officer got wind of the plot and, while in the company of an Israel businessman in Kisumu. He rushed to Koru and approached a bodyguard to a Kenyan opposition leader and warned him that the President was and his boss shouldn’t board the Presidential jet back to Nairobi On the way back to Kisumu International Airport, the bodyguard passed the information to the opposition leader.
At the airport, the opposition leader feigned that he was bidding farewell to President Kenyatta, whispered something in his ear, literally grabbed President Kenyatta by hand and took him to his car and they drove away, leaving security personnel bewildered President Kenyatta apparently asked only that nobody other than his close protection unit to follow him.
How Kenya media reported
How Twitter reacted
— KenyaGist (@kenyagistcom) January 19, 2019
Uhuru breaks protocol, drives with Raila without security outriders: President leaves plane running, drives off with Mr Odinga to an undisclosed location in Kisumu's city centre. https://t.co/0N7uNYqybt
— Breaking News (@News_Kenya) January 20, 2019
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