Orange Democratic Movement ODM Party leader Raila Amollo Odinga has reacted to claims that he is battling a terminal disease.
Speaking at Bar Okwiri in Bondo on Saturday August 15, the ODM Party leader said that there are people in this country who are praying hard he dies so that they can have a field day doing what they want to helpless Kenyans. “Of what value will that be to them?” he posed.
The former prime Minister further said a section of his haters were busy waiting for his death thinking that will enable them easily get to power in 2022. He said he does not understand why someone should think ill about him when he wields no power at the moment.
“Some of them said that I will not be able to speak again. That I had lost speech, I was on my death bed and I was being fed using tubes,” said Odinga.
He confirmed his good health saying that he had only undergone a medication just like any other person can seek treatment in hospital and that this should not be made to look so strange. He added that anyone can get sick and get treated either through a surgery or just administering of drugs.
“They were praying that I should die. As you can see I am very fine. I am very okay now,” reiterated the ODM Party Leader,” he added.
Odinga was flown to Dubai on the afternoon of Sunday June 21 for a minor nerve surgery that saw both his supporters and those who are not make varied speculations about his alleged deterioration of health.
For instance, Lawyer Miguna Miguna was on record saying Odinga had been struck by a major stroke with his mouth mangled one side disabling his sense of speech. He was saying this as Mr. Odinga was still in Dubai United Arab Emirates where he spend some weeks before returning home for short bed rest.
And speaking on his 2022 candidature, the former Lang’ata MP noted that he was sure of reaching his proverbial Canaan and that the light was increasing by day.
“I told you that we were going to Canaan, the journey is still in. We found crocodiles at river Jordan, but that’s why I told President Uhuru Kenyatta that we need to build a bridge. We will get there,” he gave his supporters hope.
According to him, Canaan means getting to power; a term he coined at the apex of 2017 general elections race. It became his popular campaign tagline.
He has since assured Kenyans that the Building Bridges Initiative BBI would address critical election irregularities that he thinks has repeatedly been stopping his bid for Statehouse.
“The handshake is unshakable. Ask Dr Deputy President William Ruto if you want to confirm how unshakable it is,” he stated.
DP William Ruto became the first casualty of the historic handshake between Odinga and President Uhuru Kenyatta who rose to power after pairing with Ruto.
Since then, Dr. Ruto has appeared lonely and sidelined as far as running their Jubilee government was concerned.