Raila, on Wednesday, June 1, said that he told the president that the invitation came alte and that he could not make it to Nakuru.
“We did not ignore President Uhuru Kenyatta’s invitation to attend the Madaraka Day celebrations in Nakuru. We told Uhuru the invitation came late as we had planned another rally in Nairobi,” said Raila.Raila added that he and his Coalition for Reforms and Democracy (CORD) co-principal Moses Wetangula told Uhuru that they would start their function once the Nakuru event was over. And they kept their word, said.
While in Nakuru, a seemingly Uhuru said that he did not know why Raila and his team missed the Madaraka Day event.
“I invited our colleagues here as Madaraka Day is for all of us… I don’t know why they didn’t come. Maybe they felt it is better to go hold theirs somewhere else, that’s up to them. But let them know that if you want to lead, you have to respect those in authority,” Uhuru said.Uhuru and his deputy William Ruto had a day earlier met Raila and Wetangula at State House. The third CORD co-principal, Kalonzo Musyoka, missed the meeting as he was in China.
The leaders held a brief meeting after a state luncheon in honour of South Korea’s President Park Geun-hye. That is when Uhuru made the invitation.
“The president invited Odinga to the national Madaraka Day celebrations to be held in Nakuru county on June 1,” State House spokesman Manoah Esipisu said in a statement after the meeting.Event organisers even had seats reserved for Raila and his team at Afraha Stadium...
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