Orange Democratic Movement ODM Chief Raila Odinga has finally spoken about the highly talked about Musalia Mudavadi book.
Reacting to what the ANC leader says about him in the book, Odinga stated that he does not take the claims by Mudavadi seriously.
“I do not want to discuss Mudavadi’s book mostly because he suffers from serious memory lapses from the claims he is making,” said Odinga through a phone interview with Nation.
In his autobiography ‘Soaring Above Storms of Passion’, Mudavadi made countless remarks on his encounter with Mr. Odinga, among them ban from Western countries and financial crisis that attributed to the handshake.
Pressure from Western nations and financial woes had everything to do with the much-publicized handshake, as Odinga was a worried man due to the prolonged tension that ensued after the 2017 elections.
In the book, Musalia further says that after the handshake, “Raila also mentioned to us in that meeting that he had received letters of cancellation of his visas by various foreign missions in Kenya. He showed us a copy of one such letter he had received from a leading Western mission,” claimed Mudavadi.
On doing his own research, Mudavadi found out that not just Odinga alone had been banned but also several other top government officials as was confirmed by then US ambassador to Kenya Robert Godek.
On the financial part, he sensationally mentioned that litigations against NASA leaders nearly brought Raila’s party to its knees financially.
“We learnt that the financial capacity to handle these cases was not there. Basically the situation was becoming unbearable, ” Mudavadi wrote.
According to Mudavadi, the mock-swearing-in of Raila Odinga at Uhuru Park on January 30th, 2018, was against the stand of the other NASA principals.
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