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Raila dedicates new book to Kenyan youths

07 October 2013, 09:02

Nairobi - Former Prime Minister, Raila Odinga, has launched his autobiography, which he dedicated to youth in the country.

The 959-page autobiographical book is entitled, “Flame of Freedom.”

“I have dedicated this book to the youth of Kenya who are like a constant river that flows to the ocean. I also dedicate this book to the dream of Pan Africa, which has been derailed by poverty, ignorance, disease and bad governance,” Odinga said at the launch of the book.

During the event, he exuded confidence that the “African march to prosperity and stability” was unstoppable.

Among the dignitaries present at the launch was former Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo. He praised Raila for writing the book and called out to all prominent Kenyan leaders to follow Odinga’s example.

Obasanjo further urged the former Attorney General, Charles Njonjo, who had earlier stated he planned to portray his public life in a biography or autobiography.

He said that relenting on such plans was depriving the future generation of the country.

Obasanjo cited the example of Nigeria’s first African Attorney General, Frederick Rotimi Williams, who refused to write a book.

Meanwhile, the former Vice President, Kalonzo Musyoka, described Odinga as a tolerant leader while the Nairobi governor, Evans Kidero, praised the former Prime Minister for what he termed as selfless nature towards his country amid arguments that the two elections Odinga had participated in were “stolen.”

Odinga first ran for office in the 2007/08 elections that were marred by violence. Inconclusive results led to the formation of the grand coalition government with him assuming the post of Prime Minister.

– CAJ News


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