Raila Odinga Net Worth 2020 Wealth And Biography – Raila Amolo Odinga, popularly known as Raila Odinga, is a Kenyan politician who has made a lot of history in politics, especially African politics. The 72-year-old Kenyan politician’s name has started to trend in the media, due to recent happenings in the country. On September 1, 2017, the Kenyan presidential election which took place in August, was canceled. The election which was primarily between the current president (Uhuru Kenyatta) and Raila Amolo Odinga, was declared ‘invalid, null and void’ by a court in Kenya. Stating the reason for the cancellation, a lot of substantial anomalies and errors were detected in the election. However, a new presidential election is expected to take place before December 31, as ordered by the court that nullified the election.
When Raila Odinga contests in the upcoming election, he will become the African politician who has contested for a post the highest number of times. This article was written to provide information about Odinga’s biography.
Raila Odinga Net Worth 2020 Wealth And Biography
- Full Name: Raila Amolo Odinga
- Profession: Kenyan Politician
- Age / Date of Birth : 72 / January 7, 1945
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- Raila Odinga Net Worth: $500 Million
Background and Early Life
Raila Amolo Odinga was born on January 7, 1945, into the family of Mary Ajuma Odinga and Jaramogi Oginga Odinga. His birth took place at Maseno Church Missionary Society Hospital, in Maseno, Kisumu District, Nyanza Province of Kenya. Odinga grew up in a big family and attended Kisumu Union Primary School at his primary education level. He also attended Maranda Primary School before moving to Maranda High School. He dropped out of secondary school at some point in his life but later got back into education. He attended Technical School, Magdeburg, studying Mechanical Engineering. Technical School, Magdeburg is now a part of Otto-von-Guericke University, Magdeburg.
Odinga’s father, Jaramogi Ajuma Oginga Odinga was also a prominent Kenyan politician who lived between October 1911 and January 20, 1994. His father was the first Vice-President, supporting Uhuru’s father (Jomo Kenyatta) who is the first President of Kenya. Jaramogi Ajuma Oginga Odinga who is notable for his struggle in support of Kenya’s independence stepped down from his position as the Vice-President. He stepped down to become a strong opponent of Jomo Kenyatta which attracted a series of problems to him.
Odinga’s father died at the age of 82 after marrying five times to Mary Juma, Gaudencia Adeya, Nyar Uyoma, Susan Agik, and Betty Adongo. He had a total of seventeen children from the five wives; his children are namely: Oburu, Raila Amolo, Wenwa Akinyi, Beryl Achieng’ Odima, Omondi, Shadrack Osewe, Ruth Adhiambo, Caroline Walkowa Akinyi, Isaac Omondi, Emily Onyango, Pauline Adhiambo, Kevin Opiyo, Lemmy Odongo, Corazon Acquino, Albert Adur and Wilson Ating’a.
Raila Odinga Net Worth 2020 and Wealth
How Much is Raila Odinga Worth? – He is believed to worth an estimated $500 Million
Raila Odinga has experienced a very tough political career. He got his first political post as a Member of Parliament for Langata, succeeding Philip Leakey. He held this post for a duration of about 20 years, from December 29, 1992, to January 17, 2013. He served as the Minister for Energy for about one and a half years, between June 11, 2001, and December 30, 2002. Shortly after leaving his post as the Minister for Energy, under Daniel Arap Moi, Raila Odinga was appointed as the Minister of Roads, Public Works and Housing by the then President, Mwai Kibaki. He lasted in this post for about two years, between January 14, 2003, and November 21, 2005. In 2008, Raila Odinga stepped up as the second, as well as the last Prime Minister of Kenya. He was in power, as the Prime Minister of Kenya for 5 years, from April 2008 to April 2013.
Raila Odinga has contested for Kenya’s presidency on four different occasions, and this is expected to rise up to five occasions in a matter of months. His first aspiration for the presidential post was in 1997, running against Daniel Arap Moi. Odigo failed woefully in the 1997 presidential election and refused to contest in the next 2002 election. In 2007, Odinga re-appeared, proclaiming his interest to run for the presidency. In the 2007 election, his major opponent was Mwai Kibaki who happened to be the then president. Furthermore, his opponent (Mwai Kibaki) was having the support of Uhuru Kenyatta who in turn had great political influence. In the end, Odinga lost the 2007 presidential election.
However, Odinga refused to accept defeat, he stated that the election was not a credible one. He also refused to take the issue to a court, stating that the judiciary is under the manipulative power of Mwai Kibaki’s government. His refusal to admit defeat lead to a serious problem in the country. The turmoil which lasted between 2007 and 2008 is considered the most serious political crisis Jenya has faced ever since they gained independence. In 2008, Mwai Kibaki made a proposal to Odinga, offering to share his political power with him. Odinga agreed and this helped climate the ongoing crisis.
However, Raila Amolo Odinga remained in alliance with Mwai Kibaki in the hope that he will be the political candidate to succeed Mwai Kibaki. Unfortunately, when the 2012 presidential election came, Mwai Kibaki chose Uhuru Kenyatta to be his successor. He defended his decision, stating that he strongly believes that Kenya’s politics should be handed over to the younger generation. On the other hand, Raila Amolo Odinga and his supporters argued that Uhuru is an inexperienced politician who also lacks what it takes to be a leader. Raila Amolo Odinga went ahead to defect from Mwai Kibaki’s party. In the end, the election was majorly between Uhuru Kenyatta and Raila Amolo Odinga. Sadly for Odinga, he lost to Uhuru Kenyatta and accepted defeat.
The 2017 presidential election which took place in August, also saw the same top contestants, Uhuru Kenyatta and Raila Amolo Odinga. According to the election result, Uhuru won by having 54 percent of the total votes, while Odinga was announced to have 43 percent of the total votes. Odinga refused to agree with the election result, he stated that the election was not a fair election and can not be accepted. With evidence, he proceeded to a court in Kenya, and the election was canceled. The court further gave a verdict that a new election should be conducted within 60 days.
There you have it on Raila Odinga Wealth, Net Worth and Biography 2020.
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