Raila Odinga Biography in Summary

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Here is a summarized Biography for Raila Odinga:

√ Born 1945 at Anglican Church Missionary Society Hospital in Maseno,

√ Parents: Jaramogi Oginga Odinga & Mary Juma Odinga

√ 1950 – 1957:CPE, Kisumu Union Primary School

√ 1958 – 1962 – Junior & Upper Secondary Education at Maranda High School

√ 1962 – 1965 – Leipzig University, (Degree in Mechanical Engineering & Certificate in German

√ 1965 – 1970 – Otto von Guericke University Magdeburg – Masters in Mechanical Engineering.(Diploma)

√ While Studying, He hustled through smuggling goods from West Germany (Berlin) to East Germany,

He used the money to buy his first car (Opel)

√ 1971- Returned to Kenya with his car,

√ This time, Ugandan supreme Leader Amin Dada was chasing Indians from Uganda, Raila sold his Opel Car for 12,000 and bought some machines from one Indian businessman who was being chased in Uganda

√ He hired highly skilled workers who were being chased from Uganda and established Spectre International Limited, Which is still manufacturing Cooking gas cylinders to date…

√ 1974 – Standards manager at the Kenya Bureau of Standards.

√ 1978 – Promoted to Deputy Director, KEBs

√ 1982 – Arrested and Put in detention without trial

√ 1988 – Released

√ 1984 – His Mother Mary Juma Died, Prison warden informed him two months after the burial

√ 1989 – Arrested Again

√ 1989 – Released

√ 1990 – Re arrested alongside Kenneth Matiba & Charles Rubia

√ 1991 Released

√ 1991 – Fled to Norway to seek asylum after Evading Numerous Assassination attempts

√ 1992 Returned and Became FORD Vice Chairman

√ 1992 – Elected Lang’ata MP with FORD

√ 1993 – Resigned as FORD member & Lang’ata MP, He joined Ford Asili that was being led by Matiba, By Elections were held and he won

√ 1997 Vied for President & Lang’ata Constituency, Became MP and emerged No. 3 in Presidential rave after Moi & Kibaki

√ 2002, shelved his ambition and endorsed Mwai Kibaki who became the 3rd President

√ 2003: Appointed as Minister for Roads & Public works

√ 2005: Opposed the Referendum where ODM was born

√ 2007: Defeated By Mwai Kibaki in the most controversial elections in Kenyan history

√ 2008 : Became Prime Minister after signing a Peace Accord

√ 2013 : Lost elections to President Uhuru Kenyatta

√ 2015 : Lost His Son, Fidel Odinga

√ 2017 : Lost Elections which were nullified by the Supreme Court, He did not participate in The Repeat Elections

√ 2018 : Appointed AU High Envoy For Infrastructure Development

√ 2021: Officially Declared to Run for President for the 5th Time, and if He will be successful, become Kenyan 5th President.