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Raila Off to the UK For “Business, Relaxation”

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Opposition Leader Raila Odinga at the Devolution Conference in Eldoret. [COURTESY]

Azimio la Umoja One Kenya Alliance coalition party leader Raila Odinga is off to the United Kingdom (UK) for a one-week business and private visit.

Raila’s spokesperson, Dennis Onyango, said the former prime minister will during this period meet with family, friends, and business associates.

“He will also use his stay in the UK to rest and relax, which he doesn’t do enough back at home,” he said.

He is expected back in Nairobi at the end of next week.

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Before his departure on Friday night, the opposition honcho said he bumped into US Senator Chris Coons who had earlier held talks with President William Ruto.

Raila said that Coons is a true patriot, as he thanked him for his help and their relationship over the years, as well as his support.

“Our paths crossed again last night with my friend Senator Chris Coons heading home to the US while I left for the United Kingdom,” he said.

Before leaving, Raila spoke at the Devolution Conference where he attacked US ambassador Meg Whitman over comments regarding the 2022 elections.

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Ambassador Whitman praised Kenya’s August 2022 election as “the freest, fairest and most credible election in Kenyan history.” She highlighted the local and international observation of the election and the peaceful transfer of power upheld by the Kenyan Supreme Court.

However, the former PM took offense and responded critically, asserting Kenya’s autonomy: “Kenya is not a colony of the United States.”

He demanded that Ambassador Whitman refrain from making comments on Kenya’s internal affairs, which has sparked a heated exchange between the opposition and those supporting Whitman, among them President Ruto.

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