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Raila A. Odinga
Raila A. Odinga.jpg
African Union High Representative for Infrastructure Development
Assumed office
20 October 2018
Chair Moussa Faki
Preceded by Elisabeth Tankeu (Commissioner of Trade and Industry)
2nd Prime Minister of Kenya
In office
17 April 2008 – 9 April 2013
President Mwai Kibaki
Deputy Musalia Mudavadi
Uhuru Kenyatta
Preceded by Jomo Kenyatta (1964)
Succeeded by Position abolished
Minister of Roads, Public Works and Housing
In office
14 January 2003 – 21 November 2005
President Mwai Kibaki
Preceded by William Cheruiyot Morogo
Succeeded by Soita Shitanda
Minister for Energy
In office
11 June 2001 – 30 December 2002
President Daniel arap Moi
Preceded by Francis Masakhalia
Succeeded by Simeon Nyachae
Member of Parliament
for Langata Constituency
In office
29 December 1992 – 17 January 2013
Preceded by Philip Leakey
Succeeded by Joash Olum
Personal details
Born 7 January 1945 (age 77)
Political party Forum for the Restoration of Democracy (Before 1992)
Forum for the Restoration of Democracy-Kenya (1992–1994)
National Development Party (1994–2002)
Kenya African National Union (2000–2002)
Liberal Democratic Party (2002–2005)
Orange Democratic Movement (2005–present)
Other political
Coalition for Reforms and Democracy (2012–2017)
National Super Alliance (2017–2022)
Azimio La Umoja-One Kenya Coalition Party (2022–Present)

(m. 1973)

Children 4, including Rosemary
Relatives Oginga Odinga (father)
Oburu Odinga (brother)
Education Otto von Guericke University Magdeburg
Website Official website
Official Twitter

Raila Odinga Biography

Raila Amolo Odinga Biography

Who Is Raila Odinga?

Raila Amolo Odinga (born 7 January 1945) is a Kenyan politician, former Member of Parliament (MP) for Langata, and businessman who served as the Prime Minister of Kenya from 2008 to 2013. He has been assumed as the Leader of the Opposition in Kenya since 2013, Raila Odinga Biography.

Odinga is the presidential candidate for ODM under Azimio la Umoja Coalition for presidential elections slated for August 2022, having been cleared by the IEBC on 5 June 2022. Before this, he has unsuccessfully contested for the presidential seat four times; 1997, 2007, 2013, and 2017.

Raila Odinga Age

How Old Is Raila Odinga?

Raila Odinga was born on the 7th of January 1945, he is currently 77 years old.

Raila Odinga Early Life

Raila Odinga Education Background

Raila Odinga Degree

Kenya Colony

Raila Odinga was born at the Anglican Church Missionary Society Hospital, in Maseno, Kisumu District, Nyanza Province, on 7 January 1945 to Mary Juma Odinga and Jaramogi Oginga Odinga. His father served as the first Vice President of Kenya under President Jomo Kenyatta. He is a member of the Luo ethnic group, Raila Odinga Biography.

He went to Kisumu Union Primary and Maranda High School, where he studied until 1962 when his father transferred him to Germany.

East Germany

He spent the next two years at the Herder institution, which would train international students in German. He was part of the philological faculty at the University of Leipzig in East Germany. He received a scholarship in 1965 that sent him to the Technische Hochschule (technical college) of Magdeburg (now a part of Otto von Guericke University Magdeburg) in the GDR.

In 1970, he graduated with a diploma (roughly equivalent to a Master’s degree) in Mechanical Engineering and Welding. While studying in East Germany during the Cold War, as a Kenyan, he was able to visit West Berlin through the Checkpoint Charlie. When visiting West Berlin, he used to smuggle goods not available in East Berlin and bring them to his friends in East Germany.

Raila Odinga Career

Business and entrepreneurship

Odinga returned to Kenya in 1970. In 1971, he founded Standard Processing Equipment Construction & Erection Ltd (later renamed East African Spectre), the only company manufacturing liquid petroleum gas cylinders in Kenya.

Civil service career

In 1974, Odinga was appointed group standards manager of the Kenya Bureau of Standards. After holding this position for 4 years, he was promoted to be the deputy director in 1978, a post he held until his 1982 detention, Raila Odinga Biography.

Raila Odinga 2022 presidential elections

“I, Raila Amolo Odinga, having been faithful and committed to building a national, democratic, and progressive Kenya in our lifetime, having worked with many patriotic Kenyans to achieve this goal, I do at this moment accept to present myself as a presidential candidate at the presidential election on August 9, 2022, following the request and unanimous decision of this Azimio la Umoja,” he said on December 10, 2021.

He was permitted to run for the presidency for the fifth time on June 5, 2022. He filed his candidacy papers as a candidate for the Azimio la Umoja-One Kenya Coalition party with the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC). Ms. Martha Karua has been chosen as Mr. Odinga’s running mate.

On June 6, Odinga launched his 10-point manifesto at the Nyayo Stadium, flanked by his running mate and hundreds of his supporters, detailing his plan for the first 100 days in office if his camp carries the day in the August election.

Mr. Odinga outlined a key component of his vision for the country, dubbed “the People’s Programmes,” which will serve as the foundation for his platform. Social protection, universal healthcare, job development, women’s empowerment, investing in youth, education for all, food security, water for everyone, enterprise Kenya, and building on past triumphs are all part of the ten-point plan.

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Raila Odinga Personal Life

Ralia Odinga Family

Ralia Odinga Wife

Raila Odinga Children

Baptized as an Anglican Christian in the Church Missionary Society (CMS) in his childhood, Odinga became a Born-Again Christian and is a communicant member of All Saints’ Cathedral in Nairobi.

Odinga is married to Ida Odinga (Ida Anyango Oyoo). They live in Karen, Nairobi, and have a second home at central Farm in Siaya County. The couple had four children: Fidel (1973–2015), Rosemary (born 1977), Raila Jr. (born 1979), and Winnie (born 1990). Fidel was named after Fidel Castro and Winnie after Winnie Mandela. Winnie is currently studying Communication and International Area Studies as a double major at Drexel University in Philadelphia.

Odinga and his wife Ida at a political rally

Odinga and his wife Ida at a political rally

In an interview with BBC News in January 2008, Odinga asserted that he was the first cousin of US president Barack Obama through Obama’s father. However, Barack Obama’s paternal uncle denied any direct relation to Odinga, stating, “Odinga’s mother came from this area, so it is normal for us to talk about cousins. But he is not a blood relative.”

As a midfielder, Odinga briefly played soccer for Luo Union (now Gor Mahia).

The African Union appointed Odinga to mediate the 2010–2011 Ivorian crisis, which involved Alassane Ouattara and Laurent Gbagbo. Odinga wrote “Flame of Freedom,” a 1040 paged autobiography about his childhood life. It was launched on 6 October 2013 in Kenya and in the United States on 15 October 2013. A section of Kenyan county governors accompanied him.

Raila Odinga Controversy

Miguna Miguna claims

During his premiership, Odinga appointed Miguna Miguna as his advisor on coalition affairs, whom he later suspended in August 2011, citing “gross misconduct.” The Daily Nation quoted his reason for the suspension as being “accused of misrepresenting the office of the Prime Minister, possibly a reference to his having aired strong views which may have embarrassed the PM.”

Miguna Miguna later published controversial books about his working relationship with Odinga. According to one of Miguna Miguna’s books, Peeling Back the Mask: A quest for justice in Kenya, instances of abuse of office, corruption, political trickery as well as public deception were planned, coordinated, and covered up in Odinga’s office in the three years where he worked there as an advisor of Odinga.

His suspension came at a time when the electoral body, the IIEC, was in an uproar and unsettled by anonymously authored complaints that the commissioners characterized as a hate campaign but raised troubling questions on corruption and nepotism. Later Miguna, after suspension, issued a statement that said he “was instructed to write my article on the IIEC chairman and the position he had taken concerning the party’s decision to kick out rebellious MPs and Councillors.” He later denied it, according to the Nairobi Star.

Maize scandal

During Raila Odinga’s tenure, The Office of the Prime Minister was implicated in the ‘Kazi Kwa Vijana scandal’ whereby a World Bank-funded project was suspended due to embezzlement of funds. Similarly, the ‘Maize scandal’ where aflatoxin-contaminated maize was imported into Kenya was also linked to The Office of the Prime minister leading to the suspension of Odinga’s top aides, Permanent Secretary Mohammed Isahakia and Chief of Staff Caroli Omondi.

2019 gold scam

Odinga has been reportedly linked to a 2019 multi-million dollar advance-fee scam of non-existent and “fake gold” in Kenya by several politicians from both sides of the political divide in Kenya. According to the reports, UAE prime minister Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum’s cousin lost money in disguised transactions for non-existent or otherwise “fake gold” in Kenya.

In May 2019, in a leaked video recording, the voice of Moses Wetangula, the then-Senator of Bungoma, appeared to implicate Odinga in a gold deal gone sour, a deal in which millions of dollars were lost by the UAE royal family in an advance fee scam of non-existent gold in Kenya. In the same video, as was reported, Wetangula claimed Odinga runs ODM like a Gestapo where nothing happens without his concessions and that Odinga met the president to explain the matter of the gold deal.

In the same month, Odinga claimed that he was the one that outed the confidence tricksters to the Dubai-based complainants. Later in the same month, several political leaders in Kenya called for Odinga to be investigated by the DCI for international conmanship. The legislators claimed they had compelling evidence against Odinga. According to them, Odinga cannot be part of a criminal transaction and then claim to be a whistleblower at the same time while being a direct individual beneficiary of the proceeds of the scam.

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Raila Odinga Awards and Honours

Raila Odinga Honorary degrees

University Country Honour Year
University of Nairobi Kenya Doctor of Laws 2008
Florida A&M University United States Honorary degree 2012
Limkokwing University of Creative Technology Malaysia Doctorate of Leadership in Social Development 2012

Raila Odinga Net Worth

Raila Odinga estimated net worth is $500 million.

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