Raila Odinga meets Archbishop of Canterbury after arriving in UK following election withdrawal

Justin Welby with Raila Odinga
Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby with Raila Odinga. Photo: Twitter/RailaOdinga

Kenyan opposition leader Rt. Hon Raila Odinga arrived in London today after pulling out of the Presidential election re-run earlier in the week.

This morning he met with Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby at the Windsor Suite at Heathrow Airport, where discussions focused on the political situation in Kenya.

Writing on his Facebook page, Odinga said: “Spiritual guidance is of utmost importance at this juncture in our nation’s history. I valued greatly the wise counsel that Justin Welby, Archbishop of Canterbury and the principal leader of the Anglican Church, imparted when I paid a courtesy call on him this morning.”

Following the meeting, the Archbishop, who visited Kenya in February, said: “As politically neutral and spiritually concerned I was privileged to spend time with and pray for HE Raila Odinga this morning. I called for actions and leadership that put the whole people of Kenya first, seeking peace and blessing on that great country.”

Odinga is scheduled to deliver a one hour lecture at the Royal Institute of International Affairs, also known as Chatham House, in London on “Kenya’s Next Test: Democracy, Elections and the Rule of Law.”

He is also planning to meet Kenyans in the UK before returning to Nairobi early Saturday.


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