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Sunday, July 23, 2017

Raila concludes week long US visit, to return on Monday

Cord leader Raila Odinga when he visited The Atlantic Council and held discussions with Peter Pham./COURTESY
Cord leader Raila Odinga when he visited The Atlantic Council and held discussions with Peter Pham./COURTESY

Opposition leader Raila Odinga is expected back on Monday after concluding his week-long visit to the United States.

Spokesman Dennis Onyango told the Star on phone "he will be back on Monday."

On his Facebook Page on Friday, Raila said "Winding up a week-long visit to the US, my team today met officials of the International Republican Institute."

Raila said during the visit, they discussed matters of mutual interest to Kenya and the US.

"I also visited The Atlantic Council and held discussions with the top leadership led by Peter Pham," Raila said.

His post attracted various comments from his followers with others telling him to come back and start campaigning.

Opposition leader Raila Odinga with his team at The International Republican Institute./COURTESY

Raila's ODM party has been holding rallies led by Mombasa governor Hassan Joho.

On Thursday, Joho held a rally at the Taita Taveta county where he criticised President Uhuru Kenyatta's Jubilee administration for failing Kenyans.

Read: Joho, NASA team in Coast wide rallies to 'lay bare Jubilee lies'

"Odinga time is running so fast...come back and hit the ground with vigorous and heated campaigns," Tom Owino said.

Owino said Raila must send the Jubilee party home adding "you have to come back soon."

"Kenyans cannot afford another five years with these people," he added.

Mujoe Davis said "Anytime you are out baba...this country becomes a mess. Come back and restore calm ."

"Baba (dad)you are fully welcomed back we have missed you so much hence good for what took you over there may you be blessed," Carroline Wade said.

She said Wiper leader Kalonzo Musyoka is only reacting to issues when Raila is in Kenya but campaigning for himself when Raila is not around.

"When you are away Kalonzo is now fighting for the presidential candidate anyway safe journey," Wade said.(sic)

But other users criticised Raila saying he went to look for funding from the US.

"Look for funding but take this to the bank, u will never rule in Kenya, Kalonzo is warming up to take it alone," (sic) Gathee Waititu said.

John Mbugua said "What's wrong with African opposition leaders? Must they visit European countries during campaigns?"

The Cord leader left for South Africa on March 10 to visit his eldest daughter, Rosemary, who has a non-cancerous brain tumour.

Rosemary has a meningioma and was flown to South Africa on February 28 for further treatment.

Raila left SA for the USA where he said he would hold "a number of engagements."

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