Oburu Odinga Biography
Oburu Odinga was born on 15 October 1943. He is a Kenyan politician and a nominated Member of Parliament. He is a member of Orange Democratic Movement and a coalition member of Coalition for Reforms and Democracy.
Oburu Odinga is a brother to H0n Raila Odinga and a son to the late Jaramogi Oginga Odinga who was the first Vice President of Kenya.
Oburu Odinga Education Background
- 1963 – 1967: Graduate student (MSC (Economics))
- 1967 – 1970 : Graduate Student (PhD (Economics))
- Student of Kenya Institute of Administration (public administration (Finance))
- Secondary School Studentof Maranda School
Oburu Odinga Political Position
- 21st March 2013 – Up to date : Nominated Member of the National Assembly (Senator)
- 13th February 2013 – Up to date: Coalition Member of Reforms & Democracy
- 2007 – Up to date : Member of Orange Democratic Movement
- 2008 – 4th March 2013 : Assistant Minister for Finance
- 2008 – 4th March 2013 : Member of Parliament for Bondo constituency
- 2003 – 2007 : Member of Parliament for Bondo constituency
- 2002 – 2007 :Member of Parliament for Bondo constituency
- 2002 – 2007 : Member of National Rainbow Coalition
- 1998 – 2002 : Member of Parliament for Bondo constituency
- 1995 – 1998 : Member of Parliament for Bondo constituency
- 1994 – 1997 : Member of Parliament for Bondo constituency
- 1995 – 2002 : Member of National Development Party (NDP)
- 1974 – 1979 : Councillor of Kisumu Municipality
Oburu Odinga Job History
- 1974 : Finance director of Lohre Transports
- 1981 – 1994 : Economist of Kenyan Ministry of Planning and National Development Kenya
- 1972 – 1980 : General Manager of Lutatco
- 1971 – 1972 : Senior Administrative Assistant of Kisumu
Oburu Odinga Committee Membership
- 2013 : Member of Departmental Committee on Finance, Planning and Trade
- 2013 : Member of Public Investments Committee – S.O. 188
Oburu Odinga Wife
Details of Oburu wife to be updated soon..
Oburu Odinga Contacts
Address : Parliament Buildings
P.O Box 41842 – 00100
P.O. Box 41842 00100 Nairobi,
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Oburu Odinga – Why I did not undergo circumcision
Nominated MP Oburu Oginga said he would be circumcised in 2008 but that was not to be. At the time he was the assistant Finance Minister and alongside his brother, former Prime Minister Raila Odinga had spearheaded a campaign for men to heed the call for Voluntary Male Circumcision in Luo Nyanza.
Speaking at the Tom Mboya Labour College Oburu Odinga told a cheering crowd: “I am going to be cut next week. I am assuring you I will go, no matter how painful it will be.”
Luo men were then not circumcised as a way of ushering them into adulthood. They got six lower teeth dispensed with instead. But medical research indicated that circumcised men had a 60 percent chance of not contracting sexually transmitted diseases and hence the campaign in the face of Luo Nyanza also suffering some of the highest prevalence of HIV/Aids in the country.
Oburu Odinga told the crowd that September 2008: “We cannot cling to repugnant traditions for years while our people die at an alarming rate of HIV/Aids-related diseases. It is wrong, we must change.”
Oburu Odinga opened to The Nairobian on reasons why he never faced the knife after the rally. He said during a phone interview: “When I presented myself for the cut, I was not allowed to go on because I am diabetic and the doctor advised that it would not be prudent to do so.”
Despite being more hygienic than being uncircumcised the campaigners faced several setbacks and Oburu Odinga recalls that “When we launched the campaigns, we faced challenges from our elders who said it was against the Luo culture, but we decided to go on with the exercise as it would benefit our people.”
Oburu Odinga stated that Luo elders should allow those who still have powerful guns and can still shoot bullets to face the knife even as he remembered the teasing from other communities who labelled them ‘kihi’ and ‘abanyol’, meaning uncircumcised in Kikuyu and Luhya respectively, while they called their circumcised neigbours ‘rayuombe’ (circumcised).
Heath experts argue that a diabetic person take longer to heal from open wounds and circumcision can complicate matters.
Kisumu County Health Chief Officer Dr Ojwang Lusi however said that there were fewer men over 25 years of age going for the services. “Another challenge was that very few women were involved, but we undertook operational research studies on how to sustain the programme efficiently and effectively,” he said.
The second phase of the circumcision implementation will run from 2014 to 2019 is targeting over one million men countrywide.
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Oburu Odinga – CORD will not split over succession
Nominated MP Oburu Odinga says the current perceived feud in the Coalition for Reforms and Democracy (CORD) will not split the coalition.
The legislator says CORD is still intact and the turbulence being experienced in the coalition is normal in any political situation and only requires proper management.
He assured CORD supporters that there is no reason for panic, stating that the perceived disagreement between CORD affiliate parties is an internal matter that will be handled effectively by the coalition’s top organs.
Oburu Odinga noted that the debate on who becomes the CORD’s flag-bearer in the 2017 General Election will be addressed by the coalition’s leaders.
The MP said that this is just a replica of what happened in 2007 when all members of the ODM party’s pentagon team announced their presidential bid but eventually arrived at one candidate.
Oburu Odinga was speaking in Bondo, Siaya County. His sentiments were echoed by Siaya Deputy Governor Wilson Ouma Onyango who pleaded with CORD supporters to remain patient and leave the whole problem to the coalition’s top organs.
He stated that criticism and condemnation of the CORD principals who have announced their presidential ambition will only serve to put off supporters, something he says might destroy the party if not addressed at early stages.
On Tuesday, Kakamega Senator Dr. Bonny Khalwale proposed a formula that will ensure the Coalition for Reforms and Democracy (CORD) stays united ahead of the next year’s election.
Khalwale proposed that the coalition adopts a 40-30-30 formula between ODM leader Raila Odinga, Ford Kenya’s Moses Wetangula and Wiper’s Kalonzo Musyoka, to ensure amicable distribution of positions within the coalition.
“Every party within the coalition should consult within their National Executive Councils and come up with a workable formula that will be used in picking the presidential candidate,” said Khalwale.
Last week, the CORD coalition faced another battle frontier in a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) signed in 2013.
The MOU dictated that CORD leader Raila Odinga be a one term President then pass the button to Wiper leader Kalonzo Musyoka in 2017.
But the launch of Bungoma Senator Moses Wetangula’s presidential bid threw a spanner in the works.
The succession matrix within the opposition has now been called into question with the three principals all eyeing for the presidential slot.