December 18th 2017

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Raila receives warm welcome in Kiambu funeral, shakes hands with astonished Uhuru

Raila addressed the mourners but did not discuss politics. His speech was marked by warm response from the crowds, and after the service he rose and shook hands with Uhuru who, apparently surprised by the turn of events, did not look at the former PM in the eye.

By Jack Otwalanewsdesk@kenyafreepress.comFriday, 22 Sep 2017 17:12 EAT

President Uhuru Kenyatta (left) and Raila Odinga (second right) at the funeral of former Nairobi women representative Rachel Shebesh's father in Kiambu.

President Uhuru Kenyatta and NASA presidential candidate Raila Odinga shared a platform and shook hands for the first time since the nullification of the August 8 presidential election results by the Supreme Court.

Raila unexpectedly attended the funeral of former Nairobi Mayor Samuel Mbugua at the Marion Farm in Kirigiti, Kiambu County. The deceased was the father of former Nairobi Woman Representative Rachael Shebesh and was a political ally of Raila's at one time in the 90s even though they were in different political camps.

In the mid 2000s, the late Mbugua joined Raila's ODM party and his son continues to be one of Raila's prominent allies in Kiambu. The late mayor's daughter, Shebesh, was also a specially nominated Member of Parliament in Raila's ODM, and she spoke highly about the former premier at the funeral ceremony.

Raila addressed the mourners but did not discuss politics. His speech was marked by warm response from the crowds, and after the service he rose and shook hands with Uhuru who, apparently surprised by the turn of events, did not look at the former PM in the eye.

Later in the afternoon, Uhuru addressed a rally in the region where he tore into Raila's person, calling the former PM a 'mganga' (magician) and saying Kenyans were tired of Raila's constant lamentations that he had been rigged out in elections.

Jack is a business and society writer at the Kenya Free Press





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