Raila Odinga Flies to South Africa to Join Barack Obama in Celebrating Nelson Mandela

  • ODM leader Raila Odinga has reportedly left the country for South Africa for a four-day visit.

    Raila left the country on Monday afternoon to Johannesburg where he will be part of leaders attending Nelson Mandela’s 100th birthday celebrations.

    According to his spokesperson Dennis Onyango, Raila will be at Mvezo in the Eastern Cape of South Africa where he is scheduled to deliver a talk on the life and legacy of the country’s first black president.

    [caption caption="ODM Party leader Raila Odinga at a past function(PHOTO/Twitter)"][/caption]

    Onyango told local media that Mr Odinga will jet back into the country at the end of the week.

    Former US President Barack Obama will be the chief guest at the celebrations after leaving his Kogelo village where he launched his sister’s Sauti Kuu Foundation in a colorful event.

    Obama would later on Monday evening fly in his private jet to South Africa.

    The two leaders met on Sunday evening at the Vilarosa Kempinski hotel in Nairobi.

    Obama and Raila made deliberations on peace talks and the plight of Kenyan youth with the opposition leader comending the former president for the initiative at his ancestral home in Siaya County.

    "Finally we spoke about ending the stalemate in South Sudan and finding peace for our neighbours. I join the rest of the nation in saying welcome back home Barack!" state the ODM leader on Sunday.

    In May, Raila left Kenya for Juba, South Sudan, where he held a seven-hour meeting with President Salva Kiir leading talks into a possible peace deal.

    Earlier, Mr Odinga was in South Africa where he attended the burial of Winnie Mandela and represented President Kenyatta.

    Recently, the opposition leader was in India to meet the Prime Minister Narendra Modi and held talks surrounding the development of the Kenyan Agro-industry.

    [caption caption="ODM leader Raila Odinga and Mama Ida at JKIA in April when they left for South Africa for Winnie Mandela's burial(PHOTO/Twitter)"][/caption]