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1. Odinga for President

The 2008 presidential elections we recently held in Kenya had an unacceptable outcome.

It's obvious the incumbent rigged the result which is believable, yes, believable! Use your signature as your voice and petition now!!

BIOGRAPHY
FULL NAMES: Raila Amolo Odinga
PARTY: Orange Democratic Movement (ODM)
POLITICAL HISTORY: Detained without trial for six years following August 1, 1982, coup attempt by Kenya Air Force personnel. Initially charged with treason, detained after nolle prosequi entered by state; 1982
Six months after being released, detained again for a year; 1988
One year after being released, detained again for a year; 1990
Political asylum in Norway for four months; 1991
Returns to Kenya to help found the Forum for the Restoration of Democracy, the first new political party to be registered after the restoration of the multiparty state in Kenya; 1991
General election: Wins Langata parliamentary seat on a Ford-Kenya ticket; 1992
Resigns from Ford-Kenya, joins the National Development Party (NDP); 1996
Wins Langata by-election on NDP ticket; 1997
General election: Successfully defends Langata seat; 1997
Presidential candidate: Achieves third place in field of 15; 1997
Appointed minister for energy; 2001
Leads NDP into merger with Kanu. Elected Kanu secretary-general; 2002
Leads Kanu breakaway faction (Rainbow Alliance) to join Liberal Democratic Party (LDP); 2002
Teams up with National Alliance Party of Kenya, a group of opposition parties, to form National Rainbow Coalition (Narc); 2002
General election: Ensures opposition unity by taking a rear seat and publicly backing Mwai Kibaki for president; 2002
Signs Memorandum of Understanding regarding cabinet power-sharing in event of Narc election victory; 2002
Successfully defends Langata seat on LDP ticket; 2002
Narc ousts Kanu from power it has held since Independence; 2002
Appointed minister for roads, public works and housing, but Kibaki reneges on Memorandum of Understanding power-sharing agreement; 2002
After Draft Constitution proposed by assembly of representatives (Bomas Draft) is changed to reflect government self-interest, leads group of parties opposed to changes to become Orange Democratic Movement. ODM leads nation in ‘no’ vote in referendum on constitutional changes, and wins by more than one million votes; 2005
Replaced as Minister for roads and public works; 2005

BUSINESS & PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE: Assistant lecturer, department of mechanical engineering, University of Nairobi ; 1970
Partner in Franz Schineis & Partners, engineering consultants; 1971
Established Standard Processing Equipment Construction & Erection (Spectre, later East African Spectre Ltd), engineering company that later specialised in the manufacture of liquid petroleum gas cylinders; 1971
Appointed group standards manager, Kenya Bureau of Standards; 1974
Two-month programme at British Standards Institution, London: Standards and specification writing, product testing and quality control; 1975
Two-month programme at US National Bureau of Standards, Gaithersburg, Maryland, and University of Denver, Colorado; 1976
Promoted to deputy director, Kenya Bureau of Standards; 1978

DATE OF BIRTH: January 7th, 1945
PLACE OF BIRTH: Maseno Church Missionary Society Hospital, Nyanza
SPOUSE: Ida Anyango Oyoo
CHILDREN: Fidel; YOB: 1973
Rosemary; YOB: 1977
Raila Jnr; YOB: 1979
Winnie; YOB: 1990

HOME: Opoda Farm (Bondo District, Nyanza) and Nairobi
CAMPAIGN WEB SITE: www.raila07.com
EDUCATION:
UNIVERSITY /COLLEGE
Otto von Guericke Technical University, Magdeburg, Germany (graduated with MSc in Mechanical Engineering); 1964 - 1969
Herder Institute (high school). Leipzig, Germany; 1962 - 1964
SECONDARY /HIGH SCHOOL
Maranda Primary and High School, Nyanza; 1954 - 1962
PRIMARY SCHOOL
Kisumu Union Primary School, Nyanza; 1952 - 1953
BOOKS:
ABOUT SELF
Raila Odinga: An Enigma in Kenyan Politics

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