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Sad birthday for Raila as he turns 70 today

ODM party leader Raila Odinga cuts a cake to celebrate his 69 birthday

ODM party leader Raila Odinga cuts a cake to celebrate his  birthday

ODM leader Raila Odinga turned 70 Wednesday as he mourned his eldest son, Fidel.

Mr Odinga, a veteran politician who came to the fore during Kanu’s repressive regime in the late 80s, was born on January 7, 1945.

Rather than cut a cake as has been his tradition in public life, he was part of a gathering at the Lee Funeral Home where the public was allowed to view Fidel’s body.
He held the hand of his son’s widow, Ms Getachew Bekele, at one time and stood to the side as mourners filed past the body.

Mr Odinga was born in Maseno, Kisumu to Oginga Odinga and Mary Juma. Oginga Odinga would later become Kenya’s first vice-president.

The former Prime Minister shares a rare political moment in Kenya with his father — they were both members of Parliament between 1992 and 1994.

From 1992 to 2012, the time he served as Lang’ata MP, Raila Odinga was at one time or another a member of Ford Kenya, the National Development Party, Kanu, the Liberal Democratic Party, the National Rainbow Coalition and ODM.
He is married to Ida Odinga and together they had four children — two sons and two daughters.

-Nation.co.ke

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