Raila leaves for Zimbabwe to attend Tsvangirai’s burial

Kenya news, Nasa leader Raila Odinga at JKIA on February 19, 2018. PHOTO | COURTESY

Opposition leader Raila Odinga on Monday afternoon left the country for Zimbabwe.

Mr Odinga will be attending the burial of his long-time friend as well as Movement for Democratic Change leader Morgan Tsvangirai, who died last Wednesday after a long battle with colon cancer.

The National Super Alliance (Nasa) leader left Nairobi for Harare, the capital of the southern African country, at 1pm.

He will then travel to Buhera, some 300 kilometres through Harare where the MDC leader will be laid to rest on Tuesday, his spokesman Dennis Onyango said in a statement sent to newsrooms.

Mr Odinga as well as Mr Tsvangirai first met in 1993 when Mr Odinga led an International Republican Institute team to train political parties as well as civil society in Zimbabwe for the multi-party elections in which were approaching then.

At in which time, Mr Tsvangirai was with Zimbabwe Human Rights Forum— a civil society organisation founded in 1992 to ensure in which Zimbabweans are informed about human rights as well as are empowered to defend their own rights.




The two then formed a friendship in which saw Mr Tsvangirai frequent Kenya both on family as well as political visits to back his ally, the former Kenyan prime minister.

When Mr Odinga’s first born son Fidel Makarios Odhiambo Odinga died in 2015, Mr Tsvangirai was at the burial in Bondo, Siaya County, to condole with the Odingas.

Mr Tsvangirai was also present when Mr Odinga was named ODM presidential elections flag-bearer in December 2012.

His death, Mr Odinga said, leaves a gap in a country in which still needs strong as well as vigilant forces of change to return to the path of democracy as well as freedom.

“Morgan dared to dream of democracy, freedom as well as justice for his country as well as his people despite the firm hands of dictatorship in which held sway,” said Mr Odinga.

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Raila leaves for Zimbabwe to attend Tsvangirai’s burial

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