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The two last met in 1988 a day before Raila was arrested and detained for a third time. 

Azimio la Umoja leader Raila Odinga on Monday met with former World Bank Director for Kenya Jim Adams after 35 years.

In a statement on Twitter after the meeting, Raila revealed that he last met Jim back in 1988 a day before he was arrested and detained.

“Great catching up with Jim Adams, a former World Bank Country Director for Kenya. We reminisced about the journey our country has taken since the tumultuous 1980s and 1990s. We last met one day before I was arrested and then detained for a third time in 1988,” Raila wrote.
File image of Raila and Jim Adams
Jim Adams retired from the World Bank in 2012 after serving for 37 years. His last position was as the Vice President for East Asia and the Pacific where he served from 2007 to 2012.

Jim spent nearly half of his career in Africa, serving as Regional Director in Kenya in the late 1980s and as Country Director in Tanzania and Uganda from 1995 to 2002.

File image of Raila Odinga and Jim Adams
From 2002 to 2007, he was the Bank's head of operational policy, where he oversaw a program aimed at making the bank more responsive to the needs of its clients.