, NAIROBI, Kenya, Apr 24 – Rosemary Odinga, the daughter of the Former Premier Raila Odinga has withdrawn her candidature for Kibra parliamentary seat, citing medical concerns.
She had been admitted both in a Nairobi and South Africa hospital where she underwent surgery to remove a non-cancerous tumour in her brain.
In a statement, Rosemary she was “regrettably” bowing out of the race in keeping with advice from her doctor.
“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,” reads the statement.
“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.
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.”
She has lauded the residents of Kibra for supporting her bid as well her family. “I will forever cherish your outpouring of love and prayers,” she said.
“To my sisters, brothers, mothers and fathers of Kibra, we always knew the journey was not and will not be easy. You are known the world over for standing up for what you believe is right, do not let anyone extinguish that flame. Keep going, keep the fire burning and on August 8, make your voice heard loud and clear and change Kenya for the better.”
Rosemary Odinga, should she have contested, stood the chance of following in her father’s footsteps in representing the residents of Kibra.