Raila denies being hospitalized,terms allegations as outright lies


Prime Minister Raila Odinga has dismissed allegations in a local daily claiming he had been hospitalized.

In a statement from his office, the PM termed the claims outright lies and very strange acts of fabrication saying at no time on Friday did he visit a doctor nor admitted at a hospital.

“The PM was never hospitalised yesterday, nor did he visit a doctor at all. At no time yesterday did the PM get attended to by a doctor as alleged by the People Daily.” The statement said.

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Raila said he is in perfect health and going on with his public duties as scheduled. The PM is scheduled to continue with his campaigns in the South Rift Saturday.

He accused his opponents of peddling the rumors saying such allegations are meant to derail his campaigns and demoralize his supporters.

“The PM takes allegations by the paper as the panic reaction of his opponents and political detractors who will go to all lengths to derail his campaign and demoralise his supporters.” It added

Raila appealed to Kenyans and his supporters to remain calm pledging to institute a legal action against the Daily newspaper.

Sports Minister Ababu Namwamba who addressed a press conference later said the allegations are unfounded and malicious.

Meanwhile, the call for Kenyans to register as voters continues to draw attention with several leaders persuading citizens to exercise their right of voting.

The PM reiterated the need for Kenyans to register in order to participate in choosing their leaders in the forthcoming general election.

Speaking at Uhuru Park in Nairobi where he flagged off a voter registration caravan, Raila urged the citizens to maximize the three remaining days to ensure they are enlisted to vote.

Elsewhere, Belgut MP. Hon. Charles Keter has urged IEBC to extend registration deadline by one week so that university students who are still in session can get time to register when they break.

Keter said that IEBC can still get enough time to update data if they extend the deadline. However, Keter urged voters not to wait for extension but should register now instead.

His sentiments were supported by Ainamoi MP, Hon. Benjamin Langat who said IEBC must extend the deadline to 31st December this year.

 Langat also urged those who have not registered to do so in the remaining five days. He added that many people will get time in Christmas holiday to register if it is extended.

The two legislators were talking after visiting Kapsoit Secondary School registration centre.


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