Raila Reunites With Man Who Housed Him After Being Chased From Hotel

  • A collage of ODM party leader Raila Odinga (left) and the party leader receiving Noor at Chungwa house.
    A collage of ODM party leader Raila Odinga (left) and the party leader receiving Noor at Chungwa house.
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  • Former Prime Minister Raila Odinga on Tuesday, November 30 reunited with a man who offered him a place to sleep after he was kicked out of a hotel in Mandera County.

    While receiving a delegation from Northern Kenya at Chungwa House, Raila was introduced to Noor alias Noor the mad man by Education Chief Administrative Secretary (CAS) Noor Hassan. 

    The CAS went ahead to remind Raila of the events leading to him being blocked from accessing any hotel in the county because he was serving in the opposition during the Moi era.

    ODM party leader Raila Odinga together with Education Chief Administrative Secretary Noor Hassan at Chungwa house on November 30, 2021.
    ODM party leader Raila Odinga together with Education Chief Administrative Secretary Noor Hassan at Chungwa house on November 30, 2021.
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    "The time you came to Mandera when you were in the opposition and you were chased out of all hotels, this is the man who prepared for you his house."

    "Noor is an important man. We have invited him here so that you can meet with him so that he can remind you of the day you lacked a place to sleep. He is the one who gave you his bed," Hassan stated.

    On his part, the ODM leader narrated how he had formed a special bond with the county because of his past  experiences.

    “At that time, people did not know what was happening there because it was a special operation zone and people were not allowed to visit the area as they pleased,

    He added that during the four-day stay, he often slept outside because his entourage was too big.

    "I remember our first time in Mandera when we were chased from the hotel and they took us to their homes. We were many and the beds were few so I slept outside where the breeze was so good at night. In the morning, BBC Somali would wake us up."

    "At times we would cross the river and go to Ethiopia eat and stay out there for the whole day before coming back in the evening. We were there for four days and it was also a learning opportunity for me because I did not know Kenya very well, Raila narrated.

    Also present at the event was the former Ethics and Anti Corruption Commission (EACC) CEO, Halakhe Waqo, who endorsed the candidature of the ODM leader arguing that Raila has a remarkable track record.

    “We know that he (Raila) has walked with us from the time he was the prime minister. What will happen if he becomes president? Waqo posed.

    Former Ethics and Anti Corruption Commission (EACC) Halakhe Waqo speaking at Chungwa house on November 30, 2021.
    Former Ethics and Anti Corruption Commission (EACC) Halakhe Waqo speaking at Chungwa house on November 30, 2021.
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