Raila Odinga

  1. Raila Odinga: Moi was a Kenyan hero

    Kenyan opposition leader Raila Odinga has struck a reconciliatory note in his final tribute to former President Daniel arap Moi, despite the two men's bitter past.

    He has told mourners at Mr Moi's burial:

    "We send him [away] as a hero of our country... we forgave each other and made our peace."

    Mr Odinga was imprisoned for six years by then-President Moi's administration over his suspected role in the 1982 attempted coup.

  2. Odinga on Moi: 'He was human and made some mistakes'

    Kenya's opposition politician Raila Odinga has spoken at the state funeral for former President Daniel Moi, remembering him as a "great leader" who also had his "human weaknesses".

    Mr Moi imprisoned Mr Odinga for six years because he suspected him of involvement in the 1982 coup attempt against him:

    Quote Message: We have come to say farewell to one of the great leaders of our country. He was was human, he made great contributions and like all human he also had his weaknesses.
    Quote Message: We remember his great deeds - he brought universal education in our country, the school milk programme and tried to consolidate the unity of our people.
    Quote Message: He also made some mistakes. I was for example one of the victims. But I forgave him and we made our peace and shook hands. We want to remember him for his good deeds and forget the other mistakes he made as a human being."
  3. Kenya's president calls for 'forgiveness'

    Kenya's President Uhuru Kenyatta has called for forgiveness and reconciliation during his state of the nation address.

    "If there was anything I said last year that hurt or wounded you, if I damaged the unity of this country in any way, I ask you to forgive me, and to join me in repairing that harm," Mr Kenyatta said.

    Mr Kenyatta was criticized for calling the judges "thugs" after the Supreme Court annulled his election win in August 2017.

    He won a re-run, which was boycotted by his main rival Raila Odinga. Mr Kenyatta called Mr Odinga "a mad man".

    "I pray that all of us will spend the days and weeks after this address repairing the bonds that frayed last year," he said during today's address.

    "Let us apologize for our words,and for the anger and malice that Kenyans heard."

    The President won an heated election re-run last October, which Mr Odinga had boycotted.

    Around 150 people were killed in election-related, with police accused of using excessive force to quell opposition-organised protests.

    Mr Odinga and Mr Kenyatta shook hands in March to promote reconciliation.

    There was a mixed response by Kenyans to today's speech by Mr Kenyatta:

    A Twitter user wrote "Kenyans can’t reconcile and be at peace without the truth."

  4. Odinga: We may sue Facebook over election

    Kenya"s opposition leader Raila Odinga (L) arrives at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) in Nairobi early March 27, 2018,
    Image caption: Raila Odinga is "contemplating" legal action against both Facebook and Cambridge Analytica

    Kenyan opposition leader Raila Odinga has told a UK broadcaster his coalition is considering legal action against Facebook.

    Speaking to Channel 4 News, Mr Odinga accused the social media giant of "co-operating" with groups like Cambridge Analytica - the scandal-hit company used by his rival, Uhuru Kenyatta.

    The group, which is accused of exploiting the data of millions of Facebook users, worked for current President Kenyatta in both the 2013 and 2017 elections.

    Mr Odinga said the experience Cambridge Analytica had gathered between the two dates had allowed them to "perfect" their approach.

    He described some of the methods used as "devilish".

    Mr Odinga said he and his colleagues were "contemplating" suing both groups for the role they played in last year's election - but that any legal action would take place outside of Kenya.

    Facebook had previously apologised for failing to protect users' data.

    It's still unclear exactly what role Cambridge Analytica or Facebook played in the Kenyan elections.

    You can watch the full interview here.

  5. No golf for Kenya's opposition leader

    Kenya's opposition leader Raila Odinga, the self-declared "peoples president", made another public appearance with his long-time political nemesis turned "brother and friend", President Uhuru Kenyatta.

    The two leaders who have decided to work together to "reconcile the nation" after a bitter and often violent political campaign period attended a golf tournament together on Sunday.

    Mr Odinga, an ardent football fan, tweeted that he would have preferred to watch local soccer giants Gor Mahia than golf.

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  6. Kenya gives Miguna 'defaced' passport back

    Miguna Miguna - the lawyer who played a key role in the mock inauguration of Kenyan opposition leader Raila Odinga - has been given his passport back by the government.

    Kenya's courts ordered its return after it was confiscated earlier this month.

    However, Mr Miguna, who was deported to Canada, says the returned passport had been defaced.

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    Last week, Judge Luka Kimaru declared Mr Miguna's deportation "illegal", ordering the government to reissue the lawyer with his Kenyan passport within seven days.

    Mr Miguna was deported after playing a prominent role in the "swearing-in" of Mr Odinga as "the people's president" in Uhuru Park, Nairobi, on 30 January.

    He was arrested in a dawn raid on his home on 2 February, after he goaded police officers to come and arrest him, and deported on 7 February.

    The government has not commented on the state of Mr Miguna's passport.

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    Video caption: Kenya's Raila Odinga calls for new elections

    Mr Odinga believes the country's president, Uhuru Kenyatta, lacks legitimacy

  8. Kenya opposition strategist's passport suspended

    A Kenyan economist - who attended the mock swearing in of opposition politician Raila Odinga last week - has had his passport suspended.

    David Ndii shared a picture of the letter he received informing him of the government's decision on Twitter:

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    A government official confirmed its authenticity to news agency Reuters.

    Mr Ndii is the latest of the group at the heart of last week's "inauguration" to find themselves in trouble with the authorities.

    As Africa Live reported earlier, Miguna Miguna - who took Mr Odinga's "oath" at the ceremony - has been held on treason-related charges.

    However, Mr Odinga has not yet faced any consequences himself.

  9. Kenya's Miguna Miguna on treason-related charge

    Miguna Miguna and Raila Odinga on 30 January 2018
    Image caption: Miguna Miguna (left) played a key role in January's mock inauguration

    The Kenyan opposition supporter Miguna Miguna has been charged with a treason-related offence over his involvement in the "inauguration" of opposition leader Raila Odinga last month.

    Mr Miguna was charged with "being present and consenting to the administration of an oath" which resulted in "treason", as well as "taking part in an unlawful assembly" and "engaging in organised criminal activity".

    He was brought before the court in Kajiado County, some 50 miles (80km) south of Nairobi, where he had been expected to appear.

    "Once again the state is willfully violating Mr. Miguna's rights by moving him without any notice to his lawyers or his family... to a court stationed outside Nairobi," his lawyer, Isaac Okero, said.

    Mr Miguna remains in police custody with his exact whereabouts currently unknown, despite the fact a court in Nairobi had granted him bail of 50,000 Kenyan shillings ($500; £360) on Friday.

    On 30 January, Mr Miguna played a prominent role in the "swearing-in" of Mr Odinga as "the people's president" in Uhuru Park, Nairobi.

    A few days later, on 2 February, he was arrested in a dawn raid on his home, after he goaded police officers to come and arrest him.

    Two other opposition supporters have also been detained.

    Mr Odinga and his supporters dispute the results of Kenya's election last year, which saw President Uhuru Kenyatta win a second term in an election run-off last October.

    Mr Kenyatta was officially re-elected with 98% of the vote on 26 October but just under 39% of voters turned out. He was inaugurated in November.

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    Video caption: Why did Kenya's Raila Odinga 'inaugurate' himself as president?

    Kenya's main opposition leader stages his own "swearing-in" after two disputed elections. We explain.

  11. Kenya's Raila Odinga 'inaugurates' himself as president

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    Video caption: Kenyan opposition leader Raila Odinga 'inaugurates' himself as the 'people's president'

    Kenya's main opposition leader, Raila Odinga, has declared himself the "people's president" at a controversial "swearing-in" ceremony in the capital.