A file photo of President Uhuru Kenyatta and Opposition leader Raila Odinga. Photo / REUTERS
A file photo of President Uhuru Kenyatta and Opposition leader Raila Odinga. Photo / REUTERS

President-elect Uhuru Kenyatta and NASA leader Raila Odinga yesterday met for the first time since the presidential re-run that was boycotted by the opposition alliance.

The two political nemeses, together with Chief Justice David Maraga, whose ruling on the August 8 presidential election precipitated the fresh polls, were among the hundreds of Kenyans who attended the first centenary celebrations at All Saints’ Cathedral.

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The service was presided over by the Archbishop of Canterbury and the symbolic head of the worldwide Anglican communion, Justin Welby, and Archbishop of the Anglican Church Jackson ole Sapit.

Though only the President-elect was given time to address the congregation, Raila appeared jovial from his body language. He greeted Uhuru and First Lady Margaret Kenyatta after he received a book of the cathedral’s history at the pulpit.

The former Prime Minister was seated two rows behind Uhuru, who, together with the First Lady and Chief Justice Maraga, were in the front row.

Raila Odinga and Uhuru Kenyatta
Raila Odinga and Uhuru Kenyatta shake hands at All Saints Cathedral

The above photo has ignited mixed reactions and here is what Kenyans had to say;

Oyange: BABA is not Resisting KAMWANA and KAMWANA is not Resisting BABA. So, why are YOU resisting ME?

Milton: Peace fellows Kenyans. you see our leaders greet each other for the happy mood. why not us? we fight nothing!

Den: Baba is very humble, he shall be exalted

Kim: There is no enmity in politics believe me

Zeena: God has his own ways for his creatures! I did not expect such a thing during mandamano period. Ya mungu ni mengi.

Ken: Did you see them fighting or using abusive words on each other? Please don’t be used negatively

Lydia: Let me pray that they may bring unity in Kenya

Charles: I’ve been critical of Raila, by him showing up to church where President Elect attended deserves respect…the spirit we need is love of country!!!!

Nyakindu: For the sake of inclusivity, this country doesn’t need dialogue, expansion of the government to create positions-PM et al. We need justice.#RESIST .You don’t still elections then you propose reconciliation as a method of problem solution.

Henry: But politics!!! Now these guys are smiling and how about the families of those who lost their lives in riots defence of Raila victory.

Kazungu: I salute these great leaders let politics don’t divide this great nation.let’s maintain peace and unity.

Miriam: Justice is very key in reconciliation!

Yusuf: 100 reasons I love Kenya God bless Kenya

Sumari: Wakenya oneni muangalie maisha yenu nyingi mtapiga kelele weee wenyewe wako poa

 

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