National Super Alliance (NASA) Presidential candidate Raila Odinga has broken the silence after he was snubbed by President Uhuru Kenyatta and his deputy William Ruto during this year’s Madaraka day celebrations on Thursday.
Speaking on Friday, the opposition chief refused to blame President Kenyatta and Ruto for ignoring him stating that his intention was to attended the event to mark the important day when the country was granted self-rule from the British colonial government at the invitation of the government.
The former Prime Minister said that he did his role by attending the national event at Kabiru-ini Show grounds in Nyeri and left the rest to the organizers.
"I received an invitation to attend the national day celebrations and I honored it. It was their responsibility to recognize me, I leave it to the people to judge the way they (government) handled the issue. I don’t want to appear to be complaining. “Hiyo ni shauri yao (It is up to them). The problem is theirs. This was not supposed to be a Jubilee affair. Honestly, I would have done it differently.” Raila stated.
The ODM party leader however lashed at the Jubilee administration for using the event to campaign for their re-election. “This should never have been used as a campaign platform, where one party campaigns for re-election,” Odinga lamented.