Raila Odinga jets back from Zanzibar


Opposition leader Raila Odinga is back in the country after jetting back silently on the evening of Wednesday, November 22 after a four-day holiday in Zanzibar.

The National Super Alliance leader’s return from the Tanzanian island was confirmed by his spokesman Dennis Onyango as well as Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) communications director Philip Etale.

The coalition did not explicitly reveal what Raila who lost in the October 26 repeat election was doing in the neighbouring country although photos of him that went viral on social media paint the picture of a holiday.

Raila’s long term-advisor, Salim Lone while speaking to the London New York Times, said that unrest forced Mr Odinga to fly to Zanzibar.

“The unrest pushed Odinga out of the country. He left Kenya and is now in Zanzibar, off the coast of mainland Tanzania,” said Mr Lone.

The Supreme Court on Monday 20 November dismissed the two petitions challenging President Uhuru Kenyatta’s win during the repeat presidential election held on October 26.

Chief Justice David Maraga said that they were not able to deliver the full judgement since the petitions were retired with two days to the deadline.

“After the hearing the petitions we retired with only two days left to the deadline and it was impossible to write a full judgement. What we read today is a summary verdict on the issues raised in the petitions,” said CJ Maraga.

Raila made news after his photos and a lady identified as Sasha Seraphine Mbote in Zanzibar went viral on social media with all sorts of comments.