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Raila Amolo Odinga

Date of Birth: 2 January 1945
Place of Birth: Maseno, Kisumo District, Nyanza Province


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Grand diplomacy on tour

Kenyans have been given a short break from the day-to-day drama of election rallies and media debates as presidential candidates Deputy President William Ruto and ex-Prime Minister Raila Odinga took their campaigns briefly overseas...

Following his meeting with Ruto Archbishop Welby posted a picture with the Deputy President on Twitter with a diplomatic caption: 'Good to meet William Ruto this afternoon and looking forward to seeing Raila Odinga next week...


Dangers of two-track campaigning

Neither have the mainstream press civil society and international organisations sounded alarms about the conduct past and present of the two main candidates for the presidency Deputy President William Ruto and Orange Democratic Movement leader Raila Odinga...

The timing of the new trial is extremely awkward for Ruto currently vying with Orange Democrat Movement leader Raila Odinga for the presidency...


The politics of division

After filibusters and fisticuffs in parliament before Christmas President Uhuru Kenyatta and his chosen successor Raila Odinga got what they wanted on 8 January when the National Assembly passed the key provisions of a law designed to skew the rules for the August presidential election in their favour (AC Vol 63 No 1 Hustlers and handshakes)...


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Death of political kingpin Njonjo stirs political passions

Some go further and say that Njonjo ran the government during the first decade of the reign of Kenyatta Uhuru Kenyatta's father following his falling out with his Vice-President Oginga Odinga Raila Odinga's father...

In the elections of 2013 and 2017 Uhuru Kenyatta and Raila Odinga contested for power sparking a bitter dispute between their supporters and families which seemed to end in March 2018 with the historic 'handshake' of the protagonists (AC Vol 59 No 6 Raila beats rivals to a new deal)...

Now Uhuru Kenyatta is backing Raila Odinga's campaign for the presidency in the August elections...

At the same time Raila Odinga was jailed on charges of having helped the plotters...

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Hustlers and handshakes

But barring a phenomenal new crisis the political scene will be consumed by the presidential elections due in August which pit erstwhile opposition leader turned establishment man Raila Odinga of the Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) and Deputy President William Ruto of the United Democratic Alliance (UDA) (AC Vol 62 No 21 Raila beats Ruto as the oligarchs' favourite)...

President Uhuru Kenyatta's new year message oozed optimism as he pointed to the high growth figures of the second half of 2021 which he attributed to the political calm brought by his 'handshake' alliance with Raila Odinga...


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Odinga rebounds with new coalition plan

In the rollercoaster race for the presidency in August's elections veteran oppositionist turned establishment candidate Raila Odinga has made a good start in the new year by bringing in some useful new allies...

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Raila's shallow coalition

The kick-off of Raila Odinga's fifth presidential bid in front of around 100 000 people in Nairobi's Kasarani stadium on 10 December may have displayed 'Baba's' undimmed capacity to draw a crowd but did little to assuage fears that his coalition is currently broad but shallow...


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