Maurice Ogera the guard of Kenyan opposition leader Raila Odinga was allegedly abducted on his way to work on Wednesday morning.
ODM Communications Director Philip Etale said that Maurice Ogeta was abducted by armed men in plain clothes as he was driving to Odinga’s residence in Karen, Nairobi.
Etale said that Ogeta’s car was intercepted by the men at around 7:30 a.m., and he was forced into another vehicle and driven away.
The police have not yet commented on the alleged abduction, but Etale said that they have been informed of the incident.
Ogeta has been Odinga’s bodyguard for several years, and he is considered to be one of his most trusted aides.
The alleged abduction has raised concerns about Odinga’s security, and it comes at a time when the country is gearing up for general elections in August.
Odinga is the leader of the Azimio la Umoja One Kenya coalition, and he is the main challenger to incumbent President Uhuru Kenyatta.
The elections are expected to be closely contested, and there have been concerns about the possibility of violence.
Raila Odinga's bodyguard Maurice Ogeta allegedly abducted on his way to work by armed men, ODM Communications Director Philip Etale says. pic.twitter.com/SNBDcujIgP
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The alleged abduction of Ogeta has only served to heighten those concerns.
The police have been urged to do everything they can to find Ogeta and bring his abductors to justice.
The incident has also sparked a debate about the security of political leaders in Kenya.
There have been a number of high-profile assassinations of Kenyan politicians in recent years, and there are fears that the country could be headed for a period of political violence.
The government has been urged to take steps to improve the security of political leaders, and to ensure that the elections are held in a peaceful and transparent manner.