Raila Odinga together with other young revolutionists had staged the campaigns against the KANU government in demand for multipartyism. This resulted in his detention without trial for treason.
While in prison as narrated by the novelist and writer Professor Ngugi Wa Thiong'o, Raila went on the hunger strike where he refused to eat. His health was put into risk, he grew thin and pale. The arm had pimples and boils.
When Ngugi Wa Thiong'o visited him in prison, he was denied to directly talk to him. Raila wrote a letter for one request. He was quoted saying, "Tell Ida to ask the doctor to prescribe me these drugs, I am slowly dying."
Raila was denied an opportunity to attend his mother's funeral. His other relatives followed the same path including the aunt but he couldn't attend her burial.
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