Trump’s Administration makes U-Turn on Raila
The US State Department makes surprise announcement on Raila.
A State Department official said that Odinga was welcome to the United States.
“It is our understanding that nothing prevents Raila Odinga from getting on a plane and flying to the United States,” the official told the Nation.
Speculation had been rife earlier this week that Odinga had been blocked from visiting the United States.
The claims had been attributed in those reports to State House Director of Digital Communications Dennis Itumbi.
The State Department Official also termed as regrettable Odinga's decision to withdraw his candidature for the repeat presidential poll on October 26.
“We respect the right of Nasa presidential candidate Raila Odinga and deputy presidential candidate Stephen Kalonzo Musyoka to withdraw from the Kenyan election scheduled for October 26, but we regret their decision to do so,” the official added.
The official also reiterated that the US did not have any preferred presidential candidate.
Jubilee legislators on Thursday wrote to various foreign envoys including the EU, Britain, US, UN and the African Union, saying Odinga is pushing for political dialogue with President Uhuru Kenyatta in an attempt to force his way into the government.
"We respectfully ask you, as our international partners, not to be party to this subversion of Kenya’s constitutional order," the leaders said on Thursday.
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