The National Super Alliance head Raila Odinga’s two youngest children have recently become politically vocal especially in their dad’s recent battle against President Uhuru Kenyatta.
Raila Junior, 38, and Winnie Odinga, 27, have gotten out of their more popular father’s boardroom and out into the streets.
They have been active in the violent clashes right by Raila’s side and have even gotten teargassed during risky political activities that pit Nasa supporter against the police.
On November 17, Winnie and Junior Odinga were right in the middle of the crossfire as anti-riot police battled their dad’s supporters as he returned from a 10-day engagement in the United States.
As reported earlier by Zipo.co.ke, Winnie sat behind the driver in the dad’s bullet-proof Range Rover when the front windscreen was hit. She said in an interview that it was a bullet.
A report by the Star quotes a source close to the Odinga’s who confirmed that both Winnie and Junior have political ambitions in Nairobi and Bondo.
Winnie is Raila’s last born and holds degrees in international business and corporate communications. She said recently during an interview that she is his dad’s bodyguard, travel companion, briefcase carrier and even driver if need be.
Junior, a previously quiet businessman, has become an outspoken critic of the Jubilee administration. At least on social media.
“Picketing is legal, police protection should be a requirement, but these days police are so disastrous and chaotic,” Junior tweeted on November 22, a week before Uhuru was sworn in.
“Giving police tear gas to solve almost everything is going to produce disastrous results.” he said in a different tweet.
Before Junior and Winnie, Raila’s first born Fidel Odinga prepared to enter politics and was eyeing kibera in Lang’ata where his dad represented in Parliament for years. He died in 2015 before he could actualise his dream.
Then came Rosemary, Raila and Ida Odinga’s second born. She entered active politics in the run up to the August 8, 2017 elections. She even launched her bid to capture the Kibra seat but was taken ill before ODM held its nominations.
She is still recovering from surgery that was done on her to remove a brain tumor with other reports indicating that the ailment may have left her functionally challenged.