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Why Jaramogi's aide 'sacked himself' after Obote's meeting

Ouru David
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Former Jaramogi's aide, Mr. Solomom Mulang'a. [Photo/standardmedia.co.ke]

During a hearing by the Truth Justice and Reconciliation Commission sitting in Kitui in 2011, Solomon Mulang'a, former Jaramogi Oginga's aide narrated how he was unlawfully forced to draft and sign a resignation letter by a police commissioner in 1965.

According to Mr. Mulang'a, trouble began when he accompanied former vice president, Jaramogi Oginga to Uganda where he was to meet former president Milton Obote.

It was during this time that Jaramogi had also fallen out with than the president Mzee Jomo Kenyatta over government policy.

"I traced my troubles to two trips Jaramogi made to Uganda a few months before his resignation from the government, where he held discussions with Ugandan president Milton Obote," he told TJRC.

He said after Jaramogi resigned from the government following a bad blood between him and Jomo Kenyatta, he had to be redeployed to Muthaiga police station to continue his duties.

Speaking to Prof Tom Ojienda, who was the presiding chair at that TJRC meeting, Mulang'a said his sacking came in 1965 after he was summoned by police commissioner Hinga to his vigilance house.

"Upon arrival, Mr. Hinga ordered me to give a detailed account of the movements and the subversive activities of the former VP especially his Jinja meeting with Obote," he said.

After failing to give any details of Jaramogi's meeting with Obote which he claimed he was not privy to since he was locked out while Obote was holding the meeting with Oginga, he was forced to resign.

"I was forced to draft and sign a resignation letter. My perceived closeness with Mr. Oginga earned me a summary dismissal without a penny as retirement benefit," he added.

After his forceful and unlawful retirement, Mr. Mulang'a had to retreat to his Matinyani rural home where he went into hiding for safety. 

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