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Raila survives health scare as Dar es Salaam’s scorching sun takes a toll

By WANDERI KAMAU January 28th, 2019 1 min read

Orange Democratic Movement leader Raila Odinga is fine, his spokesman Dennis Onyango said on Sunday after images and a video emerged of him being held by security officers in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.

In a recording, Mr Odinga is helped to walk, seemingly because of having difficulties doing so.

Following concern by the public, Mr Onyango issued a statement on Sunday evening, noting that the ODM leader was in good health.

“Hon Odinga is fine in Dar es Salaam. Images of security people holding him emerged from a step on the podium that was falling off and [had] nothing to do with his health,” he said.

The ODM leader, also the African Union High Representative for Infrastructure, landed in Dar es Salaam on Sunday morning ahead of the third edition of the SportPesa Cup final between Kenyan sides Kariobangi Sharks and Bandari at the National Stadium.

Mr Odinga was one of the dignitaries who watched the match alongside Sports Principal Secretary Kirimi Kaberia and SportPesa Chief Executive Officer Ronald Karauri.

Later as he was presenting the trophy to winner Kariobangi Sharks, Mr Odinga was assisted to find his way from the podium.

Hours after the incident, Mr Odinga posted a tweet to assure about his health condition.

Man of the match Harrison Mwendwa scored the only goal of the game for Sharks at the hour mark.

The victory earned the team a Sh3 million reward and the opportunity to face off with English Premier League (EPL) side Everton.