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Why Uhuru skipped Raila’s thanksgiving event despite an invite

Uhuru skipped Raila’s thanksgiving event to appreciate the Azimio la Umoja campaign team la Umoja despite an invite. 

Immediate former president Uhuru Kenyatta did not attend Raila Odinga’s dinner to thank Azimio la Umoja One Kenya Coalition party presidential campaign team held at the Safari Park Hotel in Nairobi on Thursday night. 

The former president was invited to the ceremony, according to Nation Africa, but he did not show up even after flying back to the nation on Friday, September 23.

On Tuesday, September 13, Uhuru abruptly disappeared from public view after handing power to President William Ruto.

The former president is said to have traveled out of the country for holiday immediately after handing over power but is now spending some time at his private residence in Nairobi. 

However, despite being the chairman of the Azimio coalition party, Uhuru skipped Raila’s thanksgiving event held last week on Thursday.

The source says Uhuru did not show up at the Azimio event to avoid creating a still-in-the-campaign mood perception. 

In addition, Uhuru was appointed by President William Ruto as peace envoy in the Great Lakes region and would tread carefully not to have public outbursts with the current administration.

The former President has kept a low profile since President Ruto took over power on September 13.

Meanwhile, a member of President Ruto’s team is said to have been sent a couple of days ago to meet him for unspecified reasons.

Among the attendees at Raila’s event were Martha Karua, Wiper leader Kalonzo Musyoka, Head of Azimio campaign Ndiritu Muriithi, former Kakamega Governor Wycliffe Oparanya, Jubilee vice-chairperson David Murathe, outgoing Defence Cabinet Secretary Eugene Wamalwa attended the Thursday dinner.

Others were MPs Junet Mohammed (Majority Whip), Opiyo Wandayi (Majority Leader), Sabina Chege, and Emmanuel Wangwe.

During the function, Raila maintained Ruto lost the August 9 poll. “We won the elections hands down. When history is written the facts will come out. They did not even get 50 %…We know what happened. Kenyans will get to know why we have an illegitimate regime in power. We will continue to illegitimise this regime because they usurped power,” he added. 

Also read,

Details emerge on how Uhuru spent his first week after handing over power

Raila explains why he chose to let go off his “poll victory” 

Presidential library responds to claims over missing Uhuru details on the presidential website

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