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Kiyapi lecturers Uhuru, Ruto for snubbing Raila

Former presidential candidate James Ole Kiyiapi has lashed out at President Uhuru Kenyatta and his deputy William Ruto for failing to recognize the presence of opposition leader Raila Odinga during the Madaraka Day celebrations on Thursday in Nyeri County.

Kiyiapi took to Twitter to express his disappointment stating that on a national day the two should have recognized the opposition leader.

“President Uhuru Kenyatta or his Deputy should have in spirit of a National Day recognized presence of Opposition Leader Raila Odinga!” Kiyiapi wrote.

A follow up by Nairobi News saw the former presidential candidate further state that Mr Odinga had attended a national event which is open to all Kenyans and deserved a mention in the interest of peace and unity that the President spoke of during the event.


“The President has in the past recognized the presence of the opposition leader even in funerals and what is more important than a national event where he talked about unity. In the interest of peace and unity and president should have extended an olive branch and recognized his presence since being the opposition leader he represents quite a huge chunk of Kenyans,” Prof Kiyiapi told Nairobi News.

The President and his deputy’s failure to recognize Mr Odinga’s presence during the Madaraka Day celebrations at Nyeri’s Kabiru-ini grounds led to varied reactions online.

Mr Odinga was not allowed a chance to either wave or speak to the crowd at the 54th Madaraka Day celebrations.

Kiyiapi’s tweet further provoked reactions from Kenyans on Twitter.