Lawmaker named golf star in Arusha

Tuesday May 14 2019


By Zephania Ubwani @ubwanizg3

Arusha. Oburu Oginga, a Kenyan member of the East African Legislative Assembly (Eala), is a new star golf player in Arusha.

The 76-year-old lawmaker graduated to an amateur last week after passing the handicap exercise at the 18-hole Arusha Golf Course.

“I am very happy. I am now part of you”, he said at the Arusha Gymkhana Club after a sterling performance in the field which made him qualify as bonafide player.

Oburu, who is the elder brother of Kenya’s opposition chief Raila Odinga, can now play in any golf course and take part in any competition. He said he had been coached by professionals at the Arusha Gymkhana Club since June last year, elevating him from a learner/marker to an amateur.

He admitted that although he had not been very active in the game due to advanced age, he was a member of the Kisumu-based Nyanza Golf Club.

Oburu was elevated to the amateur status alongside with Selemani Kinyunyu,a senior policy officer with the African Union Advisory Board on Corruption (AU-ABC), which is based in Arusha.


The 33-year-old Kinyunyu said he had been a golf player since 2015 and a member of the Arusha Gymkhana Club. The club has nearly 100 players. About 60 to 70 of them are active. (Zephania Ubwani)

Despite the huge age difference, he described himself with septuagenarian Kenyan legislator as twins “born the same day, attained same score same day and playing the same club”.

The duo called on the Arusha residents to join the Gymkhana Club where they can play golf, squash, snooker and tennis as well as socialize with people.