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Is this the photo that ‘proves’ Raila went to school?

By NAHASHON MUSUNGU September 10th, 2017 1 min read

A photo has suddenly appeared on social media that could lend credence to the fact that Raila Odinga is educated.

In the photo, a person resembling a much younger version of the National Super Alliance (Nasa) leader is captured standing next to 11 other men.

The photo is captioned: “Mr Raila Odinga (left) with fellow lecturers at the University of Nairobi’s Department of Mechanical Engineering in 1972.”

Incidentally, the said photo finds its way into the public domain hours after Deputy President William Ruto publicly claimed that Nasa’s presidential candidate never went to school.



Mr Ruto spoke at a campaign rally on Saturday at Nairobi’s Uhuru Park that was also attended by President Uhuru Kenyatta and First Lady Margaret Kenyatta.

“He (Odinga) is now saying that we should reschedule national exams so as to allow him to keep playing politics. He is saying children won’t die if the exams are postponed. I understand why, it is because he never went to school,” Mr Ruto said.

A brief of Mr Odinga’s biography states he was born in 1945. He joined Kisumu Union Primary School and later on Maranda High School before joining the University of Leizpig in East Germany.

He would later on attend the Technical School, Madgeburg (now known as Otto-vonGuericke University, Magdeburg).

Mr Odinga and President Kenyatta are preparing to face each other in a fresh presidential election scheduled for October 17.