RAILA: I AM NOT RICH, I’M ONLY WORTH 2 BILLION SHILLINGS
By: Sharon Gathiru
Former prime minister Raila Odinga rubbished claims that he is rich and became the first high ranked politician to publicly declare his wealth. Speaking during an exclusive interview on NTV with Joseph Warungu, Raila revealed that he is worth 2 Billion shillings.
“They are saying that I am very rich, which is not true. I am worth 2 Billion shillings. This is in terms of properties and shares. We own this collectively as the Odinga family,” said Raila. He also went ahead to say that his Karen home is worth 300 million shillings.
Raila Odinga also revealed that his family does not penetrate anything and that all his family members are working and living off their own salaries. “My brother Oburu is just in Arusha.He could not be in Arusha if he had any other property elsewhere. All my sisters are working wherever they are, one is a lecturer at the University of Nairobi. They were appointed professionally,” said Raila.
In the interview, Raila also claimed that Deputy President William Ruto lied when he said that Raila approached him before reaching out to president Uhuru Kenyatta about the March 9,2018 handshake.
“I can swear that I never ever talked to William Ruto. I was shocked and surprised when he mentioned that I had approached him. That is very unethical. Why would I call Ruto, I would rather call the president. Some good Samaritans talked to me and I told them that under these conditions I’m ready to talk. Ultimately the conditions were met and we talked. We met just the two of us,” he said.
When asked about his relationship with the deputy president, Raila said that he does not have serious issues with him and theirs is a ‘cordial’ relationship.
“We greet each other. I don’t hate him as a person but there are certain things that he does that are basically contrary to what I think would be the correct way to do things,”said the former PM.
Raila Odinga also made it clear that he denounced the oath he had taken as the ‘people’s president’ when he shook hands with President Kenyatta.