Confusion emerges over Raila’s health as family gives conflicting information

    Confusion has emerged over the health of former Prime Minister Raila Odinga who flew out of the country last week for treatment.

    Multiple accounts have emerged on what the AU special envoy for infrastructure is admitted in hospital for as his close relatives, including brother Oburu Oginga and his wife Ida Odinga giving conflicting accounts.

    Dr Oburu Oginga stated that the former prime minister left the country on underwent a successful back surgery, his wife, Ida discounted the account, and sparked speculation on what could be ailing the former Prime Minister.

    “Jakom (Raila) is out of the country for a minor surgical operation on his back. It is not a serious health issue, but just a minor one. So, he’s okay,” Dr Oginga said last week.

    In an interesting twist, Ida refuted the earlier claims, including speculations that the ODM party leader is in a critical condition.

    “He is in the United Arab Emirates – Dubai based International Hospital run by Germans. He has been successfully treated of a mild nerve disorder affecting one leg and not what has been alleged.

    “Treat such rumours with utmost contempt and abhorrence. It’s not right to speculate on someone’s health,”Ida said.

    “He is in the United Arab Emirates – Dubai based International Hospital run by Germans. He has been successfully treated of a mild nerve disorder affecting one leg and not what has been alleged.

    “Treat such rumours with utmost contempt and abhorrence. It’s not right to speculate on someone’s health,” Ida told The Standard.

    Last Friday, Mombasa Governor Hassan Joho sought to allay fears, stating that he had spoken to Mr Odinga and that he was doing well after the procedure.

    “I had the opportunity to speak to my party leader and my father the Baba of the nation. I feel happy and encouraged that he is progressing well,” Mr Joho said.

    “He has undergone a procedure. Let us not forget that even our leaders are human beings. Sometimes they get sick and are treated. I have no doubt that within the shortest time possible, Baba will be back in Kenya,” added the ODM Deputy Party Leader.

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