Raila Odinga: I’m not in government


Raila Odinga: I'm not in government
Opposition leader Raila Odinga during an interview on Citizen TV on July 31, 2018.

In Summary

  • Speaking to Citizen TV's Hussein Mohamed on News Night, the National Super Alliance (NASA) leader said if he was indeed in government as claimed then he would have a title.
  • In his first live interview since the famous handshake, Odinga further stated that his only roles in the Kenyan political scene are as leader of the Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) party as well as the opposition coalition.

Opposition chief Raila Odinga has denied claims that he is part and parcel of the government following the much-publicised March 9 handshake with President Uhuru Kenyatta.

Speaking to Citizen TV’s Hussein Mohamed on News Night, the National Super Alliance (NASA) leader said if he was indeed in government as claimed then he would have a title.

“You can call me whatever you want to call me; some people call me the former Prime Minister, some people call me the People’s president, some people call me the leader of NASA, the leader of ODM and so forth,” said Raila.

“I’m not in government. I am outside government. If I was in the government I would be having a specific title.”

In his first live interview since the famous handshake, Odinga further stated that his only roles in the Kenyan political scene was that of leader of the Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) party as well as the opposition coalition NASA.

“I’m a member and leader of NASA and also the party leader of ODM. I lead the party outside parliament,” he stated.

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Story By Ian Omondi
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