Raila Odinga, the leader of the Azimio political faction, has departed for the United Kingdom on a week-long trip for both business and personal purposes. According to Raila’s spokesperson, Denis Onyango, the leader will use this time to meet with friends, family, and business associates, as well as to unwind—a luxury he often finds difficult to afford in his home country.
Raila is anticipated to return to Nairobi by the conclusion of the upcoming week. Before leaving, he had participated in the Devolution Conference and used the opportunity to criticize the remarks of the US ambassador to Kenya, Meg Whitman. Raila asserted that the 2022 General Election, which Whitman referred to as the most credible in Kenya’s history, was meddled with. He cautioned Whitman against interfering in Kenyan matters and even warned that if her commentary continued, his opposition group might be compelled to request the US government to recall her.
In response to Raila’s statements, prominent leaders from the Kenya Kwanza faction, including President William Ruto, Deputy Rigathi Gachagua, and Speaker Moses Wetangula, have rallied in support of the US envoy. They also criticized Raila for attempting to jeopardize economic ties with the United States.