So Heart-Warming! Away From Politics, This Is How Raila Odinga Spends His Time (Photos)

Raila Amolo Odinga is not only a politician but a loving husband to Idah Odinga, a father to four children; the late Fidel, Rosemary, Raila Jr. and Winnie and also a grandfather.

Many people are used to seeing the Cord leader as a politician, but yesterday he shared rare photos while spending quality time with his grand-daughter, Baby Senayi.

The special moment happened when Senayi paid Raila Odinga a surprise visit at his Capitol Hill offices, as she sat on his laps while scribbling words on a sticky note with a pencil.

From the photos, Raila looks excited and thrilled to have his grand-daughter around, a side many of us are not used to seeing with the opposition leader.

He shared the heart-warming photos with this short caption: “Special moments with my grand-daughter Senayi who paid me a surprise visit in the office today.”

 

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Raila says he only lost the 1997 elections

Cord leader Raila Odinga has said he will vie for president in 2017 despite being “denied victory” in the last two elections.

Raila said he will run for the top seat in future elections as long as ODM declares him its candidate.

Speaking on a radio show on Wednesday morning, he said his participation will however be subject to discussions with the coalition.

“We will consult as Cord because there are others who have the same interest. If they give me the go-ahead, I will be in the race,” he said.

The opposition leader said the 1997 poll in which he came third was the only one he lost.

He ran under the National Democratic Party banner and was beaten by DP’s Mwai Kibaki, and Kanu’s Daniel Moi who won.

Raila said as president he will complete the stalled projects he started during the grand coalition government.

“Infrastructure was my main agenda. I wanted to enhance equalization of development in all parts of the country and that is why we fought for devolution. So far, there is still huge disparity in terms of growth,” he said.

This was the first time since the 2013 elections for Raila to declare his continued interest in the presidency.

 

Kalonzo cautions against targeting Somalis in war on terror

Wiper Democratic Movement leader Kalonzo Musyoka has today cautioned against ethnic profiling in the fight against terror. Kalonzo said Kenyans of Somali origin have been on the receiving end during the terror operations adding that the menace has crossed to all ethnic communities in the country.

“We should not profile people as per their ethnic background but rather widen our scope across the country and beyond,” Kalonzo said.

“Extremist is a global problem not confined in Kenya so we should not look at our Muslim brothers and sister as terrorists,” Kalonzo added

Commenting on elections, the Wiper leader said the IEBC has no moral ground to independently oversee the coming elections and thus the commissioners should resign.

He said some commissioners have been found guilty of corruption in London court and the honorable measure for the commissioners is to quit.

Kalonzo said the Commissions image has been tainted across the globe and thus they cannot preside over fair and free elections in 2017.

The Wiper Leader made the remarks at Ansaaru Primary School in Eastleigh during the ceremony to award best performers of 2014 KCPE.

On matters politics, Kalonzo urged Eastleigh residents to come out in large numbers to push the OKOA Kenya initiative which is meant to increase resources to the counties.

Cord condemns use of live bullets in Narok chaos

Action must be taken against those who authorised the use of live bullets during the Narok protest, Cord has said.

“We are deeply concerned at the tendency by the Jubilee regime to refuse to provide leadership in situations of conflict and resort to violence as a solution. The right to picket and to protest is protected by the Constitution,” the coalition said on Thursday.

It’s statement followed a parliamentary group meeting of its leaders on Thursday. Cord advised a political solution to the problems in Narok saying the people were demanding accountability from the leaders they elected.

Noting that “authoritarianism” will fail, it said: “Brute force is inconsistent with the demand placed on us as a nation for a reformed and people-friendly police service. Kenyans demand and deserve higher standards.”

The Monday protest was to oust Governor Samuel Tunai following corruption allegations.

 

Swazuri denies renewal of Kenyatta family lease on Taita Taveta land

The Kenyatta family lease on 30,000 hectares of land in Taita Taveta county has not been renewed, National Land Commission chairman Muhammad Swazuri has said.

“You people quoted me out of context. I did not even mention it last time. He (the reporter) asked me about Criticos and I mentioned it. I don’t know how that name (Kenyatta) came in,” Swazuri said on Monday.

He was speaking at the Kenya School of Government in Mombasa during a hearing on the review of grants and dispositions of public land.

“So far we have not received any application from the Kenyatta family for them to want their property renewed. We don’t even know whether it is expired or not. We don’t know anything,” he said.

Swazuri noted NLC follows a specific procedure when dealing with land issues. “When we get a case, we will not move to the land in question immediately,” he said.

He said the Land Registry must confirm the status of the property. “Even the grabbers do not just move to a piece of land first. They have to go through and falsify documents first before going to the ground,” he said.

Swazuri told governors that they can inform the commission of public land in their counties whose leases they do not want renewed. His alleged announcement last week of the renewal of the Kenyatta lease sparked protests from Cord. Cord leaders demanded its nullification and accused NLC of failing to deal with land issues.

 

Cord to be registered as a political party- Kalonzo

Wiper Party Leader Kalonzo Musyoka has announced that the CORD coalition will be registered as a political party.

Kalonzo made the declaration during a high level party meeting at his Yatta home in Machakos Saturday.

The merger hint comes barely a day after Jubilee Coalition announced on Friday that TNA and URP has formed the Jubilee Alliance Party to be used by President Uhuru Kenyatta and his deputy William Ruto as their vehicle for re-election in 2017.

“We are going for a retreat very soon to draw our lineup. When we emerge you will know the team players,” Kalonzo said.

The Cord Principal said the final liberation of this country has began.

Kalonzo shied away from persistent calls from this supporters at the rally to announce his interest in vying for presidency in 2017.

“I will not say I want to become President today. I want to listen to your voices first,” said Kalonzo.

Kalonzo said 2017 will be like 2002 when Narc coalition removed KANU from power after all opposition candidates threw their weight behind Mwai Kibaki.

Machakos senator Johnstone Muthama said Kalonzo is “a presidential material just like Raila Odinga who can equally compete in 2017 elections.”

Makueni senator Mutula Kilonzo Junior said Kalonzo Musyoka must also be given support from Ukambani to compete in the presidential race.

Former deputy speaker Farah Maalim said Cord must change positions of players in 2017 “if we have to win.”

 

Generous Siaya residents donate 40 bulls, Sh200,000 for Fidel’s funeral

Residents of Nyang’oma sub-location on Thursday donated 40 bulls, Sh200,000 and 50 sacks of flour for the thousands of mourners expected to attend Fidel Odinga’s burial on Saturday.

Siaya Deputy Governor Ouma Onyango who is the Bondo funeral committee chairman said the contributions were an indication of how much the locals revere Raila’s family.

“By Saturday there will be more than enough contributions in food and refreshments to carter for about 10,000 mourners who are expected to attend the burial,” Onyango told the press at Kang’o village where Fidel will be buried.

He said ACK blessed the burial site before the digging of the grave began on Thursday afternoon.

Onyango added that arrangements at the burial site, and at Jaramogi Odinga University, Bondo where the funeral service will be held, are expected to be completed by Thursday.

 

Pathologists say tests on Fidel inconclusive

Pathologists said an autopsy carried out on the body of Fidel Odinga on Tuesday was unable to determine what killed him.

The government and family pathologists said that the first rounds of tests were unsuccessful saying that they will embark on a second round of tests Fidel who was the eldest son of former Prime Minister Raila Odinga passed was found dead at his Karen home Sunday morning.

Journalists had earlier on Tuesday camped at the Lee Funeral Home awaiting a verdict on the cause of death, however, the results were not made public until the statement later in the evening.

At around 11 00 am, the sister to the former Prime Minister Ruth Odinga who is also the Deputy Governor of Kisumu County arrived at the Lee Funeral Home accompanied by some friends. She later left the venue after a few minutes.

 

CORD moves to court to challenge security bill

The Cord Coalition has finally moved to court to challenge the newly Enacted Security laws.

In a petition which was certified urgent,Cord through its lead lawyer James Orengo told Justice Isaac Lenaola that the amendments made by parliament are illegal and unlawful.

Cord wants the court to stop the implementation of the new Security bill on grounds that there was no public participation and it was enacted contrary to the Parliamentary Standing orders.

Cord further says some of the provisions in the statute are Oppressive and would Impact on the Criminal Justice System

I did not faint, says Wetangula

CORD Friday denied that co-principal Moses Wetang’ula collapsed on a plane. Wetang’ula was taken to Aga Khan Hospital in Kisumu Friday morning with breathing problems after he landed at the Kisumu International Airport.

The Bungoma Senator was with Funyula MP Paul Otuoma in the plane that left Nairobi at 6.30am to Kisumu via Eldoret. Cord leader Raila Odinga, who was among the coalition leaders to arrive at the Aga Khan Hospital, told journalists at the hospital that Wetang’ula was “fatigued due to extensive travels” as he had just returned from Morocco.

Raila said Wetang’ula has been given a clean bill of health. Otuoma said Wetang’ula did not collapse in the plane but developed a breathing problem as the flight was about to touch down in Kisumu.

“He developed discomfort just as we were about to land and I notified the former PM, who organised for an ambulance that picked him from the airport,” Otuoma said.

He said the Senator was jovial from Nairobi and did not complain of any illness. “In fact, he walked to the waiting ambulance,” Otuoma said.

Wetang’ula said he had shortage of breath. He said his blood and sugar levels were tested and he was x-rayed before he was told to rest for two hours.

Wetang’ula thanked Cord leaders for their quick response. “If you want to know how many friends you have then pretend you are dead,” he said.

The hospital’s medical superintendent Sam Oula said Wetang’ula was fatigued but his condition is stable. Kisumu airport manager Joseph Okumu did not confirm or deny that Wetang’ula collapsed but referred the Star to the senator’s family.

 

Raila, Uhuru, Ruto, Sonko to attend Gor Mahia fundraiser

On Thursday, CORD leader Raila Odinga will put aside any political differences he has with the President, DP and Senator Mbuvi Sonko to attend the fund raiser for Gor Mahia football club. This according to a report in the East African Standard.

“Raila is the club’s patron, the president and his deputy have also pledged their assistance to Gor Mahia in tomorrow’s fundraiser which targets to raise Sh20 million,” Gor Mahia Deputy Secretary Anima Ferrari Oketch said.

The fundraiser will be presided over by Governor Evans Kidero who urged the club’s well wishers to join him in boossting the club’s fortunes.

“Gor Mahia has weathered the storm this season. The fundraiser is to give the team stability ahead of the 2015 season.” “Supporters who are not able to make it to the fundraiser can channel their funds to Gor Mahia paybill number 350100. Please join us as we show passion for one of Africa’s iconic football teams,” Kidero added.

DP Ruto sues CORD leaders for defamation

Deputy President William Ruto has sued a group of CORD leaders for defamation.

Ruto accuses Senators Johnstone Muthama, Boni Khalwale and James Orengo as well as MP Junet Mohammed and ODM politician Elizabeth Ongoro of tarnishing his name.

Through his lawyer Kioko Kilukumi Ruto alleges that on the 16th October this year the leaders, at a press conference, read out a statement alleging that he is corrupt, gluttonous and a land grabber.

The petition has been filed at the high court in Nairobi.

#KOT voice their opinion on Magerer’s treatment

Rowdy youth ejected ODM Executive Director Magerer Langat from Orange House during a parliamentary group meeting Thursday.

The youth, some said to be MCAs, stormed the meeting venue where Cord was receiving referendum updates from the Committee of Experts and pulled Magerer out of his seat.

CORD leader Raila Odinga has called on the police to arrest a group of MCAs who ejected ODM’s Executive director Magerer Langat from a PG meeting yesterday. Odinga says those who committed the act are known and were captured on camera.

The issue brought about various opinions on social media  see below.

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CORD Members Divided over President’s Call

Coalition for Reforms and Democracy members have found themselves at logger heads ahead of President Uhuru’s speech on ICC summons in parliament later today.

Moses Wetangula and Bonny Khalwale have all urged the party members; including the senators, members of parliaments and Governors to skip the sitting, which comes only two days before the President heads to the Hague for his ICC status conference.

The call however has attracted opposition, with some members of the assembly claiming that they have the liberty to choose whether or not to honor the President’s call, highlighting that their constituents elected them and hence expect them to represent their views in parliament.