Gunshots were fired and a grenade detonated at the home of Kenya’s former vice president Kalonzo Musyoka (pictured) early on Wednesday, Associated Press reported.
Musyoka told the news agency that the “assassination attempt” took place at 1 am, hours after his police security was withdrawn and he was prevented from attending a mock inauguration of opposition leader Raila Odinga in a park in Nairobi where he was to take oath as Odinga’s deputy president.
The mock inauguration was a symbolic protest against President Uhuru Kenyatta’s new term after months of months of political uncertainty that left many dead.
Musyoka said he was shocked by the attack adding that the motive was clearly political. Musyoka said he felt vulnerable after his police security was suddenly withdrawn and he was prevented from leaving his home for the inaugural. He immediately hired a private security firm.
Their vehicle parked in front of his gate may have prevented the attackers from storming his home, he said.
Musyoka said he never expected his political opponents to strike so fast. No one was injured in the attack.
The absence of Musyoka at Odinga’s inaugural upset tens of thousands of supporters of National Super Alliance (Nasa) and even stirred speculation that the party may be heading for a split.
National Police Service spokesman Charles Owino denied claims that Musyoka, and two other Nasa leaders Musalia Mudavadi and Moses Wetang’ula were under house arrest on Tuesday during Odinga’s inaugural.
Owino told Daily Nation he had no concrete information about the withdrawal of security to the three leaders on Tuesday. However, he said there was no police presence in the compound of Musyoka’s home after it came under attack early on Wednesday.