Raila heads to UK for 5-day visit
Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) party leader Raila Odinga is set for a five-day tour of the United Kingdom.
The plane carrying the former Prime Minister will leave Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) on Sunday night.
“This is a heavy working trip for him (Raila),” Dennis Onsarigo, Raila's Press Secretary, said.
Raila will be accompanied by former Gatanga MP Peter Kenneth, Siaya Senator James Orengo, Governors Hassan Joho (Mombasa), Charity Ngilu (Kitui), Lee Kinyanjui (Nakuru) and Wycliffe Oparanya (Kakamega) and Suna East MP Junet Mohammed.
Raila's UK tour comes a day after his unveiling as Azimio la Umoja Movement presidential candidate.
The ODM leader is expected to meet with the UK Minister of Armed Forces James Heappey on Tuesday.
According to Raila's iterinary, he will hold a meeting with Lord Tarif Ahmad, the UK Minister for South Asia, North Africa, the United Nations and the Commonwealth on Wednesday.
Raila will also give a speech at the famous Chattam House on March 16.
“At this event, Raila Odinga will share his vision for Kenya and Africa in an increasingly uncertain world, and will reflect on the political goal of unity presented by his Azimio la Umoja coalition movement,” a dispatch from Chattam House reads in part.
On the same day, Raila will head to Emirates Stadium where he will watch a football match between Arsenal and Liverpool.
He will also hold talks with Arch Bishop of Canterbury Justin Welby on Thursday at Lambeth Palace before meeting with Kenyans living in the UK.