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Football legend Kadenge pleads with Uhuru and Raila to meet and talk

Kenyan Football legend Joe Kadenge has implored President Uhuru Kenyatta and Nasa leader Raila Odinga ‘to meet’ and iron out their differences.

The ailing former Harambee Stars striker spoke on Wednesday at an event where it was announced that he will be visiting England to watch Saturday’s English Premier League match between Manchester United and Huddersfield at Old Trafford.

“The things we are hearing on radio are not good for this country. The President and Raila are both my friends and I want to tell them that there is nothing that can not be solved if you sit down and talk. Please make time and meet,” said Kadenge.

Kadenge spoke amid political tension in the country following Odinga’ swearing in as the ‘People’s President on Tuesday at Uhuru Park, Nairobi.

The political fallout of the oath taking has been immense with three Kenyan media houses bearing the brunt.


The three TV stations – NTV, KTN and Citizen TV – have remained switched off since Tuesday morning for live airing of the events at Uhuru Park.

Kadenge’s trip has been arranged courtesy of the English Premier League club and Black Arrow, a US-based media brand.

“Joe is arguably the oldest Manchester United fan in Kenya. He became a fan as a show of support for the lives lost in the 1958 Munich Air disaster, an incident that helped shape Manchester United into the team we know today. We are honoured to represent him and fulfill his lifelong dream of visiting Old Trafford,” added Black Arrows Co-founder Felix Orwa.

Kadenge’s trip to the United Kingdom will begin on February 2 when he is expected to visit the Munich Air Disaster memorial.

He will thereafter be hosted by Manchester United for the EPL match the following day before joining other club fans at the 60th anniversary ceremony three days later.