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February 18, 2019

Raila cancels US trip over hostile weather

Opposition leader Raila Odinga alights from a plane at the Wilson airport
Opposition leader Raila Odinga alights from a plane at the Wilson airport

NASA leader Raila Odinga’s trip to the US has been postponed to next month following unfavourable weather currently experienced in the region.

Raila attended the burial of former UN secretary general Kofi Annan in Ghana yesterday and was to proceed to a three-day visit to North Carolina. Annan mediated between Raila and President Kibaki’s sides, ending the 2007-08 election violence.

From Accra, Raila was expected to fly to the US, where he was scheduled to deliver a lecture at Duke University, North Carolina.

He was also expected to deliver lectures at George Washington University and at the Council on Foreign Relations, a non-profit think tank that specialises in US foreign policy and international affairs.

“The CFR lecture will take place at the organisation’s Washington, DC offices,” Raila’s spokesperson Dennis Onyango had said earlier.

But in a communication yesterday, Onyango said the former PM will now return to the country.

“The postponement is due to the extreme weather conditions building up in US state of North Carolina,” Onyango said.

“Duke University advised that an extremely powerful hurricane, Florence, is expected to land on the North Carolina coast early Friday [today]. The university said it is forecast that Durham will remain under extremely dangerous conditions from Thursday [yesterday] through Sunday and has cancelled classes from Wednesday afternoon through Sunday.”

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