Opposition leader Raila Odinga says he is fine and in good health after he was hurriedly taken off the stadium by his aides, during a football match in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.
A video that has since gone viral showed Odinga posing with the winning team, Kariobangi Sharks, at the stadium waiting to hand them the trophy. Moments later, he appeared to stumble and was led from the arena by two of his security guards.
Taking to Twitter on Sunday night, Odinga thanked Kenyans and friends from around the globe for their concern saying he is in good health.
According to Odinga’s spokesperson, Dennis Onyango, the opposition chief was led out by guards after the platform he was stepping on began to fall off.
” H.E Raila Odinga is fine in Dar. Images of security people holding him emerged from a step on the podium that was falling off and not anything to do with health. Thanks to everyone who has expressed concern.” He said.
The statement was echoed by Embakasi East MP Babu Owino who asked Kenyans to disregard reports that Raila had been taken ill in Tanzania.
Director of communication at ODM, Phillip Etale also took to social media saying that he had talked to the party leader after the incident and reported that he was fine .
The ODM leader, also the African Union High Representative for Infrastructure, landed in Dar es Salaam on Sunday morning ahead of the third edition of the SportPesa Cup final between Kenyan sides Kariobangi Sharks and Bandari at the National Stadium.
He was one of the dignitaries who watched the match alongside Sports Principal Secretary Kirimi Kaberia and SportPesa Chief Executive Officer Ronald Kara-uri.
Earlier Monday, Raila paid a courtesy call on President Tanzanian President Dr John Magufuli.