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Raila’s daughter apologises to Tanzanians for “grabbing their land”

Raila Odinga’s eldest daughter Rosemary Odinga has apologised to Tanzanians for “grabbing their land” after they were irked by the “misleading information” at an international forum.

Tanzanians had started an online petition to compel her to apologise for erroneously saying that the Olduvai Gorge, a famous archaeological site, is in Kenya.

Rosemary Odinga was one of the participants in 2015 program for International Young Leaders Assembly (IYLA) where she made the erroneous remark.

Rosemary Odinga's post on Instagram. PHOTO | COURTESY
Rosemary Odinga’s post on Instagram. PHOTO | COURTESY

She took to her Instagram to post an apology on Tuesday evening writing; “I have just been reminded of an incident which occurred while attending IYLA in New York last year where I had a Freudian slip. Apparently our brothers and sisters from TZ are alarmed that I have grabbed their Olduvai Gorge. I meant to say our equally historic Olorgesaiile site in Kajiado.”

“As I have learnt, what happens in New York doesn’t stay in New York. So, what would Magufuli do? Sorry Tanzanians, your Olduvai Gorge is safe. In the spirit of one East Africa let’s shake hands after all at the end of the day we are the cradle of humankind,” Mary concluded in her post.

Olduvai Gorge is where Kenyan archeologists Mary and Louis Leakey carried out excavations and discoveries that eventually convinced the world that humans did indeed evolve in Africa.