The family of ODM leader Raila Odinga has issued an update on his health condition after he underwent surgery in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) last week.
Raila went under the knife at a hospital in Dubai to treat a nerve disorder that has been affecting one of his legs, his wife Ida Odinga told The Standard in an interview.
Ida said although the operation was successful, Raila will remain in Dubai for a couple of weeks to ensure he fully recovers.
“He is in the United Arab Emirates-Dubai based International Hospital run by Germans. He has been successfully treated of a mild nerve disorder affecting one leg and not what has been alleged,” Ida told the publication.
“You know that currently there are no commercial flights. This means that if he is to come back, we have to charter a plane. But that process will be kicked off once he fully recovers.”
She, at the same time, told off a section of Kenyans who have been spreading falsehoods about Odinga’s health status.
“Treat such rumors with utmost contempt and abhorrence. It’s not right to speculate on someone’s health,” she added.
Raila flew out of the country last week in a chartered flight and is said to have been accompanied by his daughter Winnie Odinga.
His brother Oburu Odinga last week said Raila’s ailment was nothing serious, adding that he only underwent minor back surgery.
“Jakom is out of the country for a minor surgical operation in (sic) his back. It is not a serious health issue, but just a minor one. So, he’s okay,” he told Daily Nation.