Why Raila Skipped Uhuru's State House Event

  • The National Prayer Service held at State House, Nairobi on Saturday, October 10.
    The National Prayer Service held at State House, Nairobi on Saturday, October 10.
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  • ODM leader Raila Odinga was missing during the National Prayer Service convened at State House on Saturday, October 10 by President Uhuru Kenyatta.

    In photos seen by Kenyans.co.ke, Raila and his wife Ida Odinga were spotted in Bondo, in a ceremony where Gikuyu elders and eminent persons from the community had visited for a dialogue.

    The meeting is the first of it's kind and the Mt.Kenya elders will be expected to reportedly install Odinga as Kenyatta's successor.

    Gikuyu elders and eminent persons visit ODM leader Raila Odinga at his home in Bondo on Saturday, October 10
    Gikuyu elders and eminent persons visit ODM leader Raila Odinga at his home in Bondo on Saturday, October 10
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    The second part of the meeting is expected to take place on October 30, 2020, when Nyanza elders will pay a visit to leaders in Nyeri County.

    Some of the other leaders who attended the ceremony included; Siaya Senator James Orengo, Former Gatanga MP Peter Kenneth, Suba North MP Millicent Odhiambo, EALA MP Oburu Odinga, among others. 

    The event took place concurrently with an event at State House where National prayers were held.

    Among leaders at State House included Deputy President William Ruto, Mama Ngina Kenyatta, first lady Margaret Kenyatta, Bungoma senator Moses Wetangula, Foreign CAS Ababu Namwamba, among others.

    Some of the prayer items during the event will be Covid-19 pandemic, terrorism, corruption and rising political tensions.

    Interior CS Fred Mating'i also skipped the ceremony and photos shared online placed him at Makairo, West Mugirango, where another event was taking place.

    Matiang'i was in the company of Nyamira Woman Rep Jerusha Momanyi and Senator Okong'o Mogeni.

    Saturday was declared a public holiday named Huduma Day. While making the announcement, CS Matiang'i stated that the day would be observed through national prayers that will highlight service and volunteerism to the community.

    "Kenyans are encouraged to participate in the prayers and promote national unity, social justice, cohesion and sustainable development in their communities for the benefit of present and future generations," CS Matiang'i stated.

    Gikuyu elders and eminent persons visit ODM leader Raila Odinga at his home in Bondo on Saturday, October 10
    Gikuyu elders and eminent persons visit ODM leader Raila Odinga at his home in Bondo on Saturday, October 10
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