Raila Odinga arrives in Tanzania for the burial of John Pombe Magufuli’s sister

Raila Odinga arrives in Tanzania for the burial of John Pombe Magufuli’s sister

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BY NAMULONGO PETER,NAIROBI,21ST AUG 2018-Opposition leader Raila Odinga has  travelled to neighbouring Tanzania to attend the funeral of President John Pombe Magufuli’s sister.

The warm tie between President Magufuli and the Odinga families is seen as the reason behind this trip.

The cordial  started as early as 2007 when then-Tanzanian Public Works Minister endorsed Mr Odinga for the presidency.

“I have learnt with sorrow of the passing of Ms Monica Joseph Magufuli, sister to President John Magufuli. My sincere condolences to the family and the people of Tanzania at this time of mourning. We are together in sorrow,” Mr Odinga tweeted on Monday.

Mr Odinga, who is expected back on Wednesday, was accompanied by National Assembly Minority Whip Junet Mohamed.

President Magufuli had attended the 2015 burial of Mr Odinga’s first-born son, Fidel, in what has been an ongoing growth of a relationship that spans more than a decade.

Mr Odinga, who is expected back on Wednesday, was accompanied by National Assembly Minority Whip Junet Mohamed.

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