EXPOSED! How State Sneaked Sick Raila At Night To Dubai Hospital
Jun. 29, 2020
Anxiety has gripped Orange Democratic Movement supporters after Oburu Odinga revealed that their party leader Raila Odinga is undergoing treatment in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.
The idea to fly Raila out for treatment abroad, according to sources on Monday, June 29, was discreet, and only State House, his close family members, the National Intelligence Service, a section in Kenya Civil Authority, personal doctors and Foreign Affairs ministry were in the know.
Foreign ministry officials were to contact their personnel based in Dubai to roll out arrangements for his arrival. The operations were well coded and Raila name never featured, but only those involved being told a prominent Kenya had been cleared by the state to fly out for urgent state business.
No word on treatment featured in the documents. The clearance by KAA on orders put the name of Raila’s personal assistant as the person who was to fill the private jet invoices, not even the Odinga family.
Initially, Raila family had planned to take him to China but Chinese government strict requirements on travel due to coronavirus would have had Raila quarantined for 14 days once he arrived in that communist country. Not even Uhuru could have the Chinese government change its position.
It was then decided that Raila be flown to Dubai in what his brother says is a German medical facility With Uhuru at State House fully involved, no security lapse leaked information as was expected as Raila was to be flown out at night with a skeleton staff from Wilson Airport with no operations due to Covid-19 ban on both local and international air flights.
KAA was given a green light to inform their UAE based counterparts, General Civil Aviation Authority. GCAA oversees all Aviation related activities in UAE. The visit booking was done as a private visit. KAA was also to seek clearance of space from countries Raila and his entourage was to overfly before reaching UAE.
Raila and his team flew out on diplomatic passports by virtue of being a former prime minister, and African Union Special Envoy on Infrastructure Development.
The flight duration from Nairobi to Dubai is about five hours. Oburu’s revelations followed speculations on social media platforms that the ODM leader could be unwell following postings by former State House digital director, Dennis Itumbi. Itumbi is close to deputy president William Ruto, and the confirmation by Oburu shows the DP camp has fingers in the country’s security network and is on top of things.
Before the speculations about Raila’s health broke out, the ODM leader had disclosed his coronavirus status, moments after receiving his results from the Kenya Medical Research Institute where he had gone for testing.
In Kenya, the aircraft is mostly used by the African Medical Research Foundation. It is actually an air ambulance and is the one that flew Burundi First Lady into Kenya for Covid-19 treatment. The disease was to later kill her husband.
Raila’s Twitter handle was also updated to indicate that he was in DRC in his capacity as the AU High Representative for Infrastructure Development in Africa.
His tweet said: “Join us for the start of the virtual Pan African Conference on the Grand Inga Dam. The project aims to unlock the world’s largest hydropower scheme and is part of the vision to develop a continental power system that is key to Africa’s manufacturing and value addition ambitions.”
What Etale failed to understand was the fact that of late, international conferences involving presidents are held virtually in zoom. Then a letter purported to have been written by ODM secretary-general Edwin Sifuna, emerged reinforcing the fact that Raila was in DRC attending an AU conference.
However, Sifuna disowned the letter and said it was fake, and the work of fraudsters. However, on Wednesday, June 24, Oburu confirmed that Raila was on Sunday night June 21 flown to Dubai where he is set to undergo back surgery. Oburu commented after three days of speculation on social media after Itumbi broke the news on Twitter.
There had also been speculative reports that Raila was to catch a connecting flight to China where he was to be treated. However, the family said Raila would be treated in Dubai, and urged Kenyans to avoid making false, and alarming claims regarding the former prime minister’s health.
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