President Uhuru Kenyatta and his deputy William Ruto on Thursday snubbed National Super Alliance (NASA) Presidential Flag bearer Raila Odinga during the Madaraka Day celebrations at Kabiru-ini show grounds in Nyeri County.
The Former Prime Minister, who had attended the 54th celebrations, was seen seated next to National Police Service Commission (NPSC) chairman, Johnston Kavuludi. In their speeches, President Kenyatta and his deputy William Ruto steered avoided any mentions of the opposition leader, who was present during the event.
In a rare show, President Kenyatta neither acknowledged Raila Odinga’s presence nor shook hands with Odinga after the celebrations.
Odinga had on Wednesday announced at Orange house that he would be attending the event, after snubbing most of the National celebrations since Uhuru took power.
“Madaraka Day is a very important day in our political calendar and we celebrate it whenever and wherever we are. Tomorrow (Thursday) we are going to celebrate it in Nyeri with all Kenyans. We wish everybody else a very happy Madaraka Day,” said Odinga.
Odinga only got a mention from one of the Masters of Ceremonies.
It is not however clear whether the President’s snub was intentional, or was not aware of Odinga’s presence.
In his speech, President Uhuru Kenyatta preached peace and unity among Kenyans.