Raila Odinga forced to cancel US trip


Former Prime Minister Raila Odinga who was scheduled to travel to the US to give a lecture at the Duke University in Durham, North Carolina has cancelled the plans and postponed the classes to next month following a warning of the impending hurricane set to hit the state.

Odinga’s spokesperson Dennis Onyango said the advisory came from the University which was to host the premier for three days.

In a statement from Onyango, he said the university will not be on session during the Florence hurricane.

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“The postponement is due to the extreme weather conditions building up in the US state of North Carolina. Duke University advised that an extremely powerful hurricane, Florence, is expected to land on the North Carolina coast early Friday. The University is therefore on concerted effort to weather the storm,” said Onyango in the statement.

The storm is expected to last for at least four days.
“The university said its forecast that Durham will remain under extremely dangerous weather conditions from Thursday through Sunday and has cancelled classes from Wednesday afternoon through Sunday,” explained the statement.

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The NASA leader is current on a trip in Ghana to attend the burial of the late former United Nations Secretary General Kofi Annan being laid to rest today. Onyango confirmed while saying that Mr. Odinga will fly back to the country instead of proceeding to US following the cancellation of the lecture.

“Hon. Odinga who is currently in Ghana for the burial of former UN Secretary-General Dr. Kofi Annan will return to the country from Ghana instead of proceeding to the US,” said Onyango.

Senate speaker Ken Lusaka is in Ghana representing President Uhuru Kenyatta. Annan’s body was flown to Ghana on Tuesday but Ghanaians are were not happy with the fact that they did not get an opportunity to view the body.

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“One thing that I am not happy about is that in our culture when you are filing past a dead body, people have the opportunity to view the body. But in this instance it is covered..this is so foreign,” said Maxwell Agbagba, one of the mourners.