SHOCKING: Raila Odinga Loses son, Police suspects Foul Play

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The son of Kenya’s main opposition leader Raila Odinga was found dead Sunday in his home near Nairobi, prompting a major police investigation and minor unrest in the capital, police and media reports said.

Police said Fidel Odinga (41) who was seen by political observers as a potential successor to his father, returned home on Saturday night after an evening out drinking with friends and was found dead in his bed on Sunday.

“The death … is being treated as unexplained. We are investigating his final movements. A forensic pathologist has been called in and a post-mortem will be conducted to establish the cause of death,” a Kenyan detective said on condition he not be named.

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Condolence messages were immediately sent to Raila Odinga by President Uhuru Kenyatta and Vice President William Ruto, Capital FM news said.

Odinga, a former prime minister, leads the opposition Coalition for Reforms and Democracy (CORD) and is an outspoken critic of Kenyatta’s government. Last month he spearheaded a challenge of controversial anti-terror laws, accusing Kenyatta of turning Kenya into a dictatorship.

The Standard newspaper’s website said reports of Fidel Odinga’s death sparked a small but violent protest around Nairobi’s Kibera slum. The paper said the protesters pelted motorists with stones and blocked the roads before being dispersed by police.

 


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