Former Prime Minister Raila Odinga on Wednesday July 1 shared an update to his supporters for the first time since he flew to Dubai for a medical surgery.
A video shared by his daughter Winnie Odinga showed the ODM party leader in a cheerful mood, moving about comfortably and clad in shorts with his orange polo shirt.
“I am feeling great and let me thank everyone who sent me messages of goodwill. Asante, Asante, Asante Sana (thank you so much),” he stated.
When asked by his daughter Winnie Odinga how he was feeling, he mentioned that he was feeling “strong and rejuvenated”.
Raila underwent surgery in Dubai to treat a nerve disorder that had affected one of his legs.
Odinga family spokesman Dr Oburu Oginga on Wednesday, June 24, revealed that Raila had gone for a “minor back surgery”, a statement that was reiterated by his wife, Ida Odinga.
“He is in the United Arab Emirates-Dubai based International Hospital run by Germans. He has been successfully treated of a mild nerve disorder affecting one leg and not what has been alleged,” Ida stated.
She was quick to dismiss mounting rumours that her husband’s condition was critical.
“Treat such rumours with utmost contempt and abhorrence. It’s not right to speculate on someone’s health,” he asserted.
Oginga also dismissed social media reports that Mr Odinga had gone to China for treatment.
“He’s not in China. The last time he was there, I think, was in November last year before the coronavirus pandemic. Right now, if you want to go there, you must be ready for a 14-day military quarantine. That’s not tenable, so there is no way he could have gone there,” he said.
Even so, the Prime Minister seemed to show everyone in his latest video that he was doing well, moving normally on both feet as he expressed gratitude for the huge number of well wishes he received while recuperating in Dubai.
“I fee very strong and rejuvenated. It feels very nice to be back out enjoying the fresh air again. I want to thank everyone for all the well-wishes, it was just so much and it helped me recover even faster,” he stated.