Raila Odinga news

President Uhuru Kenyatta was hosted for breakfast at ODM leader Raila Odinga’s home in Bondo on Friday. Uhuru arrived in Kisumu on Thursday where he was given a hero’s welcome, on a two-day working tour of Nyanza.

Tycoon businessman Jimi Wanjigi attended the breakfast meeting. He went bearing gifts, which he presented to the hostess – Ida Odinga.

President Uhuru started his tour by launching the Universal Health Care pilot in Kisumu. UHC will be piloted in four counties: Kisumu, Nyeri, Machakos and Isiolo.

After the breakfast at Raila’s home, Uhuru presided over the Jaramogi Oginga Odinga University of Science and Technology graduation. The university confered honorary degrees on the President and Raila.

Five years ago, it was reported that the former Prime Minister Raila Odinga was putting up a Sh1 billion hill-side palatial residence in Riat Kisumu.

Construction of the palatial, almost stately 74 roomed residence begun nine years ago and was completed sometime in 2015.

Raila Odinga news

The home is crested in Kanyakwar, Riat Hills overlooking Kisumu International Airport. It affords the former PM a near-aerial view of Kisumu City, the base of his political power.

A source close to Raila said yesterday.

At some point, the PM was under pressure from family members to convert it into a hotel facility but he stuck his ground on the home idea. His will has prevailed to date

The residence has close to 10 bedrooms- including Raila’s master bedroom all upstairs. It has four expansive kitchens, two main conference rooms, two small conference rooms and many offices.

The main contractor is said to be a foreigner who subcontracted local contractors. Currently, the contractor is doing final touches on the facility and at the same time doing landscaping outside.

Other sources said the construction is behind schedule as it was intended to be finished last year.

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The political icon also has another home in the leafy suburbs of Karen.

Here are photos from the event where he hosted the president in his Bondo home.