- Title: Kenya opposition say police raid offices, but witnesses deny it
- Date: 5th August 2017
- Summary: NAIROBI, KENYA (AUGUST 5, 2017) (REUTERS) EXTERIOR OF OPPOSITION PARTY'S DATA CENTRE BROKEN DOOR AND LOCK VARIOUS OF OPPOSITION MEMBERS OF PARLIAMENT INSPECTING DESTROYED DATA CENTRE VARIOUS OF CABLES LYING ON FLOOR VARIOUS OF OPPOSITION SENATOR JAMES ORENGO ADDRESSING MEDIA OPPOSITION MEMBER LISTENING (SOUNDBITE) (English) NATIONAL ALLIANCE COALITION MEMBER AND SENATOR, JAMES ORENGO, SAYING: "A group of policemen wearing hoods attacked this premises at 8 o'clock. They identified themselves as policemen although they did not show any documents to that effect. They were heavily armed, carrying AK rifles and immediately they entered the premises, they demanded that they be shown around and looking for whatever is in this centre but before that could be done, they themselves started breaking doors and taking away equipment. " VARIOUS OF DESTROYED OFFICE EQUIPMENT (SOUNDBITE) (English) NATIONAL ALLIANCE COALITION MEMBER AND SENATOR, JAMES ORENGO, SAYING: "From the moment of the arrest we have been trying to follow where they have been held in custody but we have so far failed. I informed the American ambassador yesterday who has been very helpful his Excellency Bob Godec and this morning he called me and said that he had traced this particular individuals and confirmed that they were in the custody of the police and immigration officials and the intention is to deport them from Kenya." VARIOUS OF SERVER CABLES BROKEN ELECTRICITY BOX HANGING OFF WALL
- Embargoed: 19th August 2017 14:24
- Keywords: Kenya opposition party police raid in Nairobi Opposition leader Raila Odinga
- Location: NAIROBI, KENYA
- City: NAIROBI, KENYA
- Country: Kenya
- Topics: Crime/Law/Justice
- Reuters ID: LVA0016SVQ24N
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text:Kenya's main opposition group, the National Super Alliance (NASA) said on Saturday (August 5) that police raided their offices on Friday (August 4) night, four days before the country's presidential elections - but the government quickly denied any raid had taken place, dismissing the report as "fake news".
Speaking at news conference in front of the opposition's data centre in Nairobi, NASA's coalition member Senator James Orengo said a group of heavily armed policemen wearing hoods entered the premises without showing any documents.
Kenyan media initially reported the raid had taken place, but then withdrew their stories from websites soon after. Police could not be reached for comment.
Watchmen working at the opposition alliance building in Nairobi also told Reuters there wasn't a raid - and guards in a building opposite said they hadn't seen any sign of a raid.
Orengo also said his party was trying to locate an American election data expert after he was arrested with Canadian national ahead of the August 8 polls. He said the man, who was working with the opposition leader Raila Odinga, was about to be deported from Kenya.
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