Facts you didn’t know about Raila Odinga


1 ) He was Born in 1945 in      Maseno,Kenya.

2.) He is Mechanical Engineer by proffesion with Masters of Science in Mechanical engineering from the university of Magdeburg,then East Germany.

3.) During the Cold war,when he used to visit West Germany,he used to Smuggle goods not available in East Germany and bring them to his friends for free out of his philanthropic nature.While studying in East Berlin during the Cold War, as a Kenyan he was able to visit West Berlin through the Checkpoint Charlie

4) He graduated in 1965 and returned to Kenya in 1970 where he established the Standard Processing Equipment construction and Erection Ltd later renamed East African Specre

5.) He was put under house arrest for Seven months before being detained without trial for six years in 1982.His mother died while he was in prison,but it took the prison wardens 3 months to inform him of her death.

6.)He was released in February 1988 and then rearrested in September the same year due to his involvement in human rights and democracy activism.He was released in June 1989 and again rearrested in July the following year.He was released in June 1991 and in October that year he escaped an assasination attempt before flying to exile in Norway.

7.) He returned back to Kenya in February 1992 where he vied for the Lang’ata Parliamentary seat with FORD Kenya and won with a landslide defeating Philip Leakey of KANU.He became the Second father of mult-party democracy and the father of democracy in Kenya.

8.) When Jaramogi Oginga Odinga died in January 1994, and Michael Wamalwa Kijana succeeded him as FORD-Kenya chairman, Raila challenged him for the party leadership. The elections were marred by controversy after which Raila resigned from FORD-Kenya,SOUGHT a fresh mandate and won with a landslide on the National Development Party (NDP),notably he is the only politician in Kenyan history known to have made such a bold move.

9.In January 2006,Raila reported to the police that his life was in danger having received assasination threats over his 2007 presidential bid.

10.) He has three honorary degrees namely;

~Doctor of Laws,University of Nairobi,Kenya(2008).

~Honorary degree,Florida A&M University,USA(2012).

~Doctorate of leadership in social development,Limkokwing University of Creative Technology,Malaysia(2012


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