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Raila Odinga leaves for South Africa to check on ailing daughter

Opposition leader Raila Odinga has left the country for South Africa to visit his daughter Rosemary Odinga who is hospitalized there.

Mr Odinga left the country shortly after 7am Friday aboard a Kenya Airways flight destined for Johannesburg.

He will be out of the country for just over a week, according to his spokesman Dennis Onyango.

Rosemary has been in a South African hospital for more than a week. She is with her mother Ida and younger sister Winnie.


Over the weekend, the opposition leader will travel from South Africa to the United States for a number of engagements.

The trip comes after Mr Odinga was treated for food poisoning at Karen Hospital in Nairobi raising concerns over his health.

However, he later clarified saying he had not been poisoned and that it was just a reaction to food that did not settle well in his body system.

“This is not the same thing as being poisoned. I know many Kenyans encounter this problem from time to time. It can cause quite a scare and, indeed, it did to me,” Mr Odinga said.

On Wednesday, he was expected to address governors on the final day of the 4th Annual Devolution Conference in Naivasha, but instead sent Kisumu Senator, Prof Anyang’ Nyong’o to represent him.