Raila Calls Out The Star Over Fake Burial Story

  • Ida Odinga and her husband Raila lay a wreath at their son's (Fidel Odinga) grave on January 4, 2019.
    Ida Odinga and her husband Raila lay a wreath at their son's (Fidel Odinga) grave on January 4, 2019.
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  • Former Prime Minister Raila Odinga on Thursday, May 28 called out The Star for sensational reporting in two of their articles.

    Raila came out to clarify false reporting on the articles published which claimed that he is to head an economic recovery team and that he had called for the Luos and Kenyans to cremate the dead.

    "I wish to clarify that in my interview with Kameme TV and Radio Milele, I did not ask the Luo or any other Kenyan and African community to cremate the dead as reported by the Star Newspaper.

    ODM leader Raila Odinga speaks at the World Economic Forum (WEF).
    ODM leader Raila Odinga speaks at the World Economic Forum (WEF).
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    "Instead, I called on Kenyans to embrace speedy burials and avoid elaborate and crowded burial ceremonies at this time of Covid-19 to help contain the spread of the Coronavirus." wrote Raila.

    Raila noted that cremation has never been part of the culture of most African Communities and must not be imposed on them now.

    The ODM Party leader also asked Kenyans to treat the report in The Star as a continuation of the sensational misreporting that has characterised the paper lately including a recent report that he was to head an economic recovery team.

    The latest false report was done on Tuesday, May 26 where The Star claimed that Raila noted that bodies should be cremated and not buried to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

    Raila also had an interview with Ramogi FM, a Luo vernacular station on Saturday, May 23 where he touched on a number of issues including the burying of the dead.

    Two cases of Covid-19 reported in Kisumu and Homa Bay counties were as a result of mourners travelling from Nairobi to bury the dead. 

    The first article was published on Tuesday, May 19 and purported that Raila is poised to lead the country’s economic recovery in a Cabinet reshuffle.

    According to The Star, the Cabinet reshuffle was to see Raila coordinate several ministries dealing directly with the economy through a new agency to be established in the Executive under the Office of the President.

    Treasury, Agriculture, Tourism, Industrialisation and Devolution were some of the dockets that the former Prime Minister would be entrusted with to coordinate.

    ODM leader Raila Odinga speaks at Meru BBI rally on February 29, 2020
    ODM leader Raila Odinga speaks at Meru BBI rally on February 29, 2020
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