Video: Uhuru Kenyatta, Raila Odinga Exchange Hugs, Apologize to Each Other
Uhuru-Raila Reconciliation: From Handshake to Hug
Kenyan president Uhuru Kenyatta and opposition leader Raila Odinga on Thursday exchanged hugs and apologies, further cementing their commitment to reconciliation, some nine months since a divisive poll.
Kenyatta’s deputy William Ruto and Odinga’s running mate Steven Kalonzo Musyoka also exchanged hugs during the annual national prayer meeting held at Safari Park Hotel.
Even chief justice David Maraga who nullified Kenyatta’s August 2017 victory attended the prayer breakfast.
Odinga’s Nasa coalition had shunned the presidential election repeat and formed a parallel ‘people’s government’.
But in March 2018, Kenyatta and Odinga, sons to the country’s founding president and vice president respectively, met and shook hands before the press after their dialogue.
Odinga’s coalition accused him of betrayal.
And today, Odinga and Kenyatta, addressing each other as “my brother”, further showed the world they were interested in uniting the Kenya they had divided.
In Uhuru Kenyatta’s Words
“The Holy Bible reminds us: If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will heal their land,” said Kenyatta.
“We have campaigned against one another. We have said nasty things about one another. We have hurt one another. On my behalf, I ask for your forgiveness and tender my apology.”
In Raila Odinga’s Words
“Never again shall a Kenyan die because of an election. On my own behalf and that of all those behind me, I tender my apology,”