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Raila snubbed at Madaraka Day fete and Twitter is mad

Nasa presidential candidate Raila Odinga was on Thursday snubbed by President Uhuru Kenyatta during the Madaraka Day celebrations at Kabiru-ini grounds in Nyeri County.

Mr Odinga, who had attended the 54th celebrations, was seated next to National Police Service Commission (NPSC) chairman Johnston Kavuludi.

President Kenyatta and his deputy William Ruto steered clear of any mentions of the opposition leader, a departure from the past where they would mention how the opposition is criticizing the government.

President Kenyatta also neither acknowledged nor shook hands with Mr Odinga after the celebrations.

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Nasa presidential candidate Raila Odinga arrives at Kabiru-ini grounds in Nyeri County for the Madaraka Day celebrations. PHOTO | NICHOLAS KOMU
Nasa presidential candidate Raila Odinga arrives at Kabiru-ini grounds in Nyeri County for the Madaraka Day celebrations. PHOTO | NICHOLAS KOMU

After Mr Ruto’s speech, some Kenyans on Twitter opined that he should have invited the former Prime Minister before inviting the president to give his speech.

Similarly, in his off the cuff remarks in Swahili, President Kenyatta avoided mentioning the opposition leader.

The two leaders will face off in the ballot for the country’s top political office in the August 8 general elections.

Here are some of the reactions on Twitter: