Raila's Diehard Supporter Clarifies Begging for Ksh 6K Hospital Bill

Photo collage of Nuru Okanga while in hospital
Photo collage of Nuru Okanga while in hospital.
Nuru Okanga

Nuru Okanga, one of former Prime Minister Raila Odinga's diehard supporters, on Thursday, March 23, dispelled reports that he was detained in a hospital over Ksh6,000 bill.

Okanga dismissed the reports, arguing that it was a scheme aimed at defrauding Kenyans using his name. 

Instead, Okanga revealed that he had borrowed money to clear the bill, and he was not locked in the hospital, as reported widely.

"That's just propaganda from people seeking to solicit money from Kenyans using my name," Okanga stated.

Nuru Okanga speaking with Mumias East MP Peter Salasya on Thursday March 23, 2023
Nuru Okanga speaking with Mumias East MP Peter Salasya on Thursday, March 23, 2023.
Peter Salasya

"I borrowed some money to clear the hospital bill so that I can go out and find a way of repaying the money," he added.

Okanga clarified reports after meeting Mumias East Member of Parliament Peter Salasya, who gave him Ksh10,000.

"I had come to rescue you because you cannot suffer, yet I am in a position to help you," Salasya stated after their meeting.

Despite falling ill after Monday, March 20, anti-government protests, Okanga vowed to honour weekly planned demonstrations.

Defending his decision, Okanga maintained that the protests were aimed at pushing President William Ruto to address the current high cost of living.

Okanga further indicated that he was representing other Kenyans suppressed by different systems in President Ruto's regime.

"I am not defending Raila, I am defending those who are unable to hit the streets despite experiencing the country's high cost of living," Okanga insisted.

His sentiments came after a section of Muslim leaders called on Raila to halt planned protests on Mondays and Thursdays during the Ramadhan period.

Led by Nyali MP Mohammed Ali, they castigated Raila indicating that Monday protests had turned out violent and subsequent demos would interfere with their holy month.

Azimio party leader Raila Odinga on Monday March 20, 2023
Azimio party leader Raila Odinga on Monday, March 20, 2023