By Samuel Ouma
Get well soon messages directed to former Kenyan Prime Minister Raila Odinga flooded the social media on Thursday night following the announcement that he is Covid-19 positive.
The news about Raila’s Covid-19 status was revealed by his doctor Dr. David Oluoch-Olunya.
“Following my letter of the 10th of March 2021 we have confirmed that Rt. Hon. Odinga has SARS-2 COVID 19. We are continuing to monitor his progress,” the statement reads.
The Chief opposition leader was admitted to Nairobi hospital on March 9 after a whirlwind of campaigns at the country’s coastal region to drum up support for the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) after complaining of fatigue.
Raila, who also spoke after the revelation, said that he is strong and in good shaping, noting that he will proceed to a mandatory quarantine for 14 days.
“While the tests were several, one important result, which I have authorised the doctors to make public is that I have been found to have been exposed to Covid-19,” he said.
The AU special envoy urged Kenyans to maintain a high guard against the new virus.
“It is in our midst and we need to observe all the measures being put out by the government, scientists and health personnel,” he added.
Pan African Visions sampled some comments from Kenyans.
“We were so sorry to hear that former prime minister Raila Odinga has tested positive for COVID-19. You are in our thoughts as you get back on your feet, quick Recovery Baba (father), “ Rneema Kipchumba posted.
“I take this opportunity to wish Baba Raila Odinga a quick recovery from covid 19. This country still needs his input in leadership and democracy process.Get well soon,” said Kyaula Junior
Josh Oluga wrote, “Raila Odinga is a strong man. He has weathered bigger storms than Corvid-19. He will pull through. Quickest recovery chairman!”
“Raila Odinga has fought and won many battles… Even those who perceive him as an enemy,deep inside their hearts they know he’s our hero and one of africa’s few remaining statesmen. Get well soon baba (father),” added Abdulahi Aden.