Raila leaves for S. Africa to visit his daughter in hospital

By Samuel Musita

ODM leader, Raila Odinga, has left the country for South Africa to visit his eldest daughter, Rosemary, who is undergoing treatment.

The former Prime Minister will be out of the country for slightly over a week.

From South Africa he will travel to the United States of America for a number of engagements.

Raila on Thursday thanked Kenyans for their prayers, messages of solidarity, sympathy, love and support following his hospitalization at Karen Hospital. Raila was admitted to the facility on Wednesday and diagnosed with food poisoning.

The ODM leader clarified that his illness was not as a result of being poisoned as had been claimed in some quarters after the news of his hospitalization spread.

Meanwhile, the National Elections Board of Orange Democratic Party is this afternoon meeting in its party offices in Nairobi to release a schedule of its party primaries.

Political parties are expected to hold their party primaries next month in line with IEBC timelines ahead of the August 8 polls.

IEBC Chairperson, Wafula Chebukati, says political parties have 14 days between February 20 and March 2 to submit party nomination rules to the electoral commission.

Between March 9 and March 19, the parties will have 10 days to submit party membership lists.

The IEBC chairman further says all political parties will be expected to submit names of candidates for party primaries to the commission in 10 days from March 26 to April 5.

He said IEBC will within 7 days, between March 30 and April 12, gazette all candidates and dates for party primaries.