East African Opposition leaders witness History in the making at DNC

CUF’s Maalim Seif Hamad and Raila Odinga from CORD were among high-profile invitees to witness history at the Democratic National Convention (DNC) in Philadelphia Tuesday night.

The two veteran East African politicians were the guest of the National Democratic Institute for International Affairs (NDI) at the event where they saw Hillary Rodham Clinton become the first woman to be nominated by a major political party to become president of the United States of America.

According to reports, NDI and Liberal International, have also arranged several meetings for the Zanzibar’s main opposition leader Seif Hamad to meet other world leaders attending the convention to talk about the ongoing impasse in the East African island.

The secretary-general of the opposition Civic United Front (CUF) party and former first vice president of Zanzibar has ended his diplomatic shuttle mission that took him to North America and Europe.

While in Europe last week, Seif Hamad 73, visited the International Criminal Court in the Hague to officially lodge a formal complaint against some Zanzibari government officials, who Seif accuse of human rights violation.

Meanwhile, Kenyan opposition leader Raila Odinga was the busiest of the politicians when it came to social media. His followers on Twitter were taken behind the scenes at the DNC as he met present and former world politicians.


At the night’s climax at the DNC, Hillary Clinton appeared through satellite feed on a big screen from New York to thank Democrats for choosing her as their standard-bearer in the presidential contest on Tuesday.


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