Leader of the official opposition is a strategic man. Raila Odinga is slowly grooming Winnie Odinga to take over after him.
Raila’s children are becoming politically assertive, vocal, and standing very visibly behind “Baba” in his protracted battle against President Uhuru Kenyatta.
Raila Junior, 39, and Winnie, 28, no longer are working in the comfort of remote boardrooms.
They are literally behind and beside Raila, even during risky political activities that have turned into clashes between police and NASA supporters.
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- On November 17, Winnie and Junior were caught in the crossfire and tear gas as the police battled NASA supporters. This was when Raila was returning from the United States after a tour. Winnie was in the bullet-proof car when the front windscreen was hit, reportedly by a bullet. She documneted everything for her followers on social media. She is ready to hit the street and protesst with the ‘watus’!
In an interview with Nairobian, Winnie said, ” When I was born, in 1990, our family was the most hated in Kenya. My dad was in and out of detention. I didn’t get to pick the schools I went to, I didn’t get to choose which family to be born into. I sit in meetings where I’m the only female and everyone is above 40 years of age. You can see through their looks that they disapprove of my look and my accent but you can’t impress everyone.”
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“I love to live for the moment, talking to new people and appreciating nice vibes. However, I love being my father’s daughter. Nobody gets me like he does,” she said in a past interview.
4. Winnie Odinga was named after ex-South African first lady Winnie Mandela, described herself as her father’s “bodyguard, briefcase carrier, travel companion or even driver, if need be.”
5. She is not afraid of making sensational and lethal claims. Winnie Odinga said that police attempted to kill her father after they shot at his car during a past NASA street protest. Speaking to The New York Times, Winnie said that police had fired a tear gas canister at the vehicle breaking its windscreen before a bullet was fired at the armoured vehicle.
“She will become president after William Ruto. You can take that prediction to the BANK and use it as collateral to borrow a loan,” Ngunyi said via Twitter on Tuesday.
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Here are the reactions to this explosive admission by Mutahi Ngunyi
“You are joking Mr Mutahi. It is us the youth who will decide,” @mutarak_e said.
@TNdege2 said: “The kind of weed you use is fantastic! But on this, your supplier did not meet the SLA on quality!”
“Professor, As an upcoming political analyst, I can’t take this assertion to the bank,” @ABDIRIZACKMAAL2 said.
@bemaina said: “Unless she first gets elected as a governor….we don’t know her.”
“Are you kidding me right now?? One need not be a political analyst to know this is a serious joke,” @doriswandia said.
@murumbaisoka said: “Now prof, I think you going crazy…I always agree with you but not on this.”
“Hahaha!!! Not possible,” @samrisah said.