Trusted communication and political advisor to Raila Odinga relocated from Â Kenya on Wednesday to the United States. Lone’s role as an ardent, but diplomatic defender of Raila Odinga spans the last decade of the political life of the former Prime Minister.
He would serve Odinga briefly in the grand coalition government but left for private practice, or retirement, or both and only returned during the run up to the last general elections. At some point, Odinga hired veteran journalist Barack Muluka who left at the peak of the lat elections for further studies abroad.
Odinga’s communication team now remains with spokesperson Dennis Onyango as the major public face. However, the ODM party has a separate Communications Director, Philip Etale, and Maseme Machuka as Assistant Communications Director.
A source close to the party and the PM has revealed Odinga plans to rebrand his communication team with new, younger faces as the older guys call it a day. And yes, the Father of Modern Democracy in Kenya is not just quitting yet!
A lunchelon organized by former Attorney General Charles Njonjo and attended by Odinga praised the contribution of Lone, a towering spin doctor and veteran journalist.
Raila appreciated Lone’s role, saying the two has helped each other build international contacts.
â€œThis is not the end, continue to build bridges with our overseas friends,â€ Raila said. Njonjo, on his part, said hailed Lone as man who not only worked for Raila but also the public good.
â€œNot only was Salim working very well for Raila, he was also working for Kenyans.â€
Lone will reside in New York, being a dual citizen of both Kenya and the United States.
Others who attended the event included Siaya Senator James Orengo and former Kiambaa MP Stanley Githunguri.