President Uhuru Kenyatta and his political rival Raila Odinga of National Super Alliance have on Sunday attended a church service at the All Saints Cathedral in Nairobi.
The two leaders attended the service as Anglican Church across the world marked its 100 Anniversary, in a mass led by Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby.
This was the first time Raila and Uhuru came face to face in public since the declaration of President Uhuru as winner of controversial October 26th repeat election, which the former Prime Minister boycotted saying “he will not be compelled to participate in a pre-rigged electoral process”.
Odinga has since launched the National Resistance Movement (NRM) wing of Nasa to resist the Jubilee government, which he has termed as illegitimate and illegal.
Speaking during an interview with a local Television station Saturday, Archbishop Welby called on Raila and President Uhuru to hold dialogue and end the political crisis facing the country.
“We discussed about the situation in Kenya. Reconciliation is done by the parties involved in the difficulty. You can’t impose it on people but you can encourage, enable and take away obstacles from the difficulty,” said Welby.
“I encourage Kenyans to reconcile, maintain peace and remain united,” Archbishop Welby said.
On Saturday, Archbishop Welby paid a courtesy call on President Uhuru at the State House in Nairobi. The Cleric had earlier met opposition leader Raila Odinga on his recent tour to the UK
Chief Justice David Maraga also attended the service.
"Joined Anglicans in the country to mark the culmination of the first Centenary Celebrations at All Saints Cathedral Church, Nairobi," President Uhuru posted on his Facebook page.