Kenya op­po­si­tion leader checked for signs of food poi­son­ing

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - WORLD -

NAIROBI, Kenya — A spokesman says Kenya’s lead­ing op­po­si­tion leader, for­mer Prime Min­is­ter Raila Odinga, has been taken to the hos­pi­tal with sus­pected food poi­son­ing.

De­nis Onyango said Odinga was be­ing checked at a Mom­basa hos­pi­tal on Sun­day.

An­other spokesman for the leader, Salim Lone, says Odinga felt “slightly un­well’’ and “there is ab­so­lutely no rea­son for any­one to worry’’ about his health. Odinga is mak­ing his fourth at­tempt to win Kenya’s pres­i­dency and will be Pres­i­dent Uhuru Keny­atta’s clos­est challenger in next month’s elec­tion.

His sup­port­ers ar­gue that he won the pres­i­den­tial race 10 years ago. The 2007 elec­tion, which in­ter­na­tional ob­servers said was flawed, sparked ar­guably the worst episode of vi­o­lence Kenya has ex­pe­ri­enced since it gained in­de­pen­dence.

More than 1,000 peo­ple died and 600,000 oth­ers were evicted from their homes.

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