Rosemary Odinga has bowed out of the Kibra parliamentary race citing health issues.
Ms Odinga, in a video message posted on her Facebook page assured her supporters that she is recovering well and thanked those who have been praying for her.
“It is following my doctor’s advice, that for the time being, I will continue serving my community in other capacities and regrettably bow out of the race for Member of Parliament. I would like to thank each and every person that supported my bid and the people of Kibra for opening their hearts and homes to me. I will forever cherish your outpouring love and prayers,” Rosemary said in her post.
She told Kibra constituents that she will still remain a strong and active member and will continue to serve the community in other capacities.
“To The People of Kibra Constituency,
Over the past 30 years I have fallen in love with the people of Kibra. You have walked hand in hand with my family, we have laughed together, and we have mourned together. I must say, the past two years have been the honour of my life getting to engage in the place known as the ‘Heart Beat’ of Kenyan politics, not only as a voter but also as a competitor. The spirit of the people of Kibra and their passion for justice has always inspired us as a family to champion their interests both in and out of parliament” she said.
Ms Odinga was taken ill last month and flown to South Africa after spending eight days at the Aga Khan University Hospital. She said in her video clip that she had suffered a stroke while in Naivasha for a short trip but is recuperating well in South Africa. Ms Odinga also promised to work with the candidate who will be elected by the people of Kibra.
Rosemary Odinga Best Bet for President- Mutahi Ngunyi Declares
Political analyst Mutahi Ngunyi, famed for the “tyranny of numbers” analysis has said that Rosemary Odinga is the best bet for president and not her father Raila Odinga.
“The ODINGA’s best bet is not the OLD RAILA. It is the Young Rosemary. The First Luo President will be a WOMAN. She will be “Rosemary Odinga” Mutahi Ngunyi tweeted.