The 1st Thing Raila Has Done After Leaving Kenya

  • National Super Alliance (NASA) leader Raila Odinga jetted off for the United Kingdom on Wednesday night where he is expected to make an address on Kenya's current political situation.

    Through his social media, the Opposition leader revealed that he first met with a religious leader before the scheduled public forum at Chatham House, Royal Institute of International Affairs.

    Mr Odinga on Thursday morning paid a courtesy call to Justin Welby, the Archbishop of Canterbury.

    "Spiritual guidance is of utmost importance at this juncture in our nation's history. I valued greatly the wise counsel that Justin Welby, Archbishop of Canterbury and the principal leader of the Anglican Church, imparted when I paid a courtesy call on him this morning," he wrote.

    Mr Odinga's spokesperson, Dennis Onyango confirmed that the NASA Principal had traveled and was expected back in the country on Saturday morning.

    Earlier in the week, NASA advisor Salim Lone issued a statement giving details of the Former Prime Minister's itinerary in the United Kingdom. 

    “The withdrawal does not affect Mr Odinga's forthcoming UK trip, where he will give an address at Chatham House, and hold discussions with current and former British ministers and other leading figures.

    "Indeed, news of his withdrawal will make this visit help focus even more attention on the need for Kenya's friends to help counsel against the rapidly diminishing space for free and fair elections and the rule of law,” Mr Lone explained.

    Odinga's post elicited mixed reactions from Kenyans with his supporters wishing him well while his critics chided at his action.

    On Wednesday, Mr Odinga stated that claims that he had been denied a visa to travel were false and that he would be leaving the country to deliver a series of lectures.

    "I haven't been denied a Visa by anyone. I had been invited to give a lecture in America, but because of these election issues I would need to be out for a week, I couldn't do it. My Visa to the US is still valid for many years," he stated.

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