Raila Odinga is the current Prime Minister of Kenya, and has been a Member of Parliament in that nation since 1992. He is also a first cousin of Barack Obama, whose late Muslim father was Odinga’s maternal uncle. Today Odinga heads the same Luo tribe to which the elder Obama belonged.
In 1982 Odinga collaborated in a failed coup attempt against Kenyan President Daniel Arap Moi, an act for which he was subsequently detained without trial for six years. Odinga was released in February 1988 but was rearrested seven months later for his involvement with the Kenya Revolutionary Movement (KRM), an underground organization calling for multi-party democracy in
In 1992 Odinga returned to
In 2007 Odinga, with the political aim of establishing Islamic Law (Sharia) throughout
Odinga protested the results, alleging fraud by the election commission. Two months of violent tribal riots ensued across the country, resulting in the deaths of more than 1,500 people, the displacement of another 600,000, and the destruction of some 800 Christian churches nationwide.
In February 2008, former United Nations Secretary General Kofi Annan brokered a deal between Odinga and Kibaki; the pair signed a power-sharing agreement calling for the creation of the post of Prime Minister, into which Odinga was sworn on April 17, 2008.
In October 2008, Corsi traveled to
After having gathered this information, Corsi announced that he would soon hold a news conference to “expose details of deep secret ties between U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama and a section of Kenya government leaders, their connection to certain sectoral groups in Kenya, and [the] subsequent plot to be executed in Kenya should Senator Obama win the American presidency.”
According to a WND story:
“Corsi was to report [that] Odinga’s 2007 presidential campaign strategy called for exploiting anti-Kikuyu tribal sentiments, claiming victory and charging voter fraud even if the campaign knew the election had been legitimately lost. Odinga, Corsi said, also was willing to fan the flames of ethnic tribal tensions and use violence as a last resort by calling for mass action that led to the destruction of properties, injuries, loss of life and the displacement of over 500,000 Kenyans. The purpose was to compel the Electoral Commission of Kenya to declare him the winner or enable him to declare himself the winner by force.”
As Corsi prepared to hold his news conference, Kenyan immigration authorities took him into custody and held him for one day, under armed guard and without food, to prevent him from telling his story to the media. Fearing for his life, Corsi was able to secure his release only by paying thousands of dollars in bribes to Kenyan officials. Kenya Broadcasting Corporation later acknowledged that Corsi had been detained for purely political reasons.
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