15 December 2012

Kenya PM Slams Article Claiming He's Unwell

Nairobi — Raila Odinga's office has refuted a report in one of the local dailies, indicating that the Prime Minister is admitted to hospital.

The People newspaper claims in its Saturday edition lead story that premier was admitted to the Nairobi Hospital on Friday evening after touring Narok County.

But in a statement sent to newsrooms, his spokesman Dennis Onyango said the PM was in robust health, was not admitted to hospital and never visited a doctor as claimed.

"The PM sees the story in The People as the panic reaction of detractors and political opponents. The PM urges his supporters to remain calm and focused and not succumb to such distractions. It is not the first time sections of the media are doing this and we believe it will not be the last."

Odinga was at a public event at Uhuru Park on Saturday morning before heading out for a series of meetings in Transmara.

The premier is in the meantime instituting legal action against the newspaper for what he termed a malicious report.

The paper had claimed to have spoken to a close family member, who allegedly revealed details of the PM's health condition.

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