President Uhuru Kenyatta on Tuesday during the Madaraka Day celebrations in Kisumu breached protocol after he invited former Prime Minister Raila Odinga to address the public after Deputy President William Ruto made his speech.
The DP made his speech and, as it had been, invited the President to make his speech.
President Uhuru started by greeting the guests and the public before making an apology for breaking protocol.
‘You will excuse me, but let me break protocol today to invite my brother, Raila Odinga Jakom, to say hi to you and deliver his Madaraka Day sentiments, welcome my brother,” Uhuru said as the crowd cheered.
In his speech, the ODM party leader said that the handshake had given them an opportunity to bring Kenyans together.
“Kenya iko na shida, kuna janga la korona. Korona ilitaka kuniangisha. Nataka tuwe na program ya kureconstruct. Handshake has made it possible for us to bring Kenyans together and enhance development across the country,” Raila stated.
He said that the main goal of the Buiding Bridges Initiative (BBI) is to unite Kenyans and leave a good legacy.
After his speech, Raila then invited the Head of State to make his speech amid cheering from the crowd.
On the Madaraka Day eve, Raila, together with Foreign Affairs Cabinet Secretary Raychelle Omamo and other senior government officials, received Burundi President Evariste Ndayishimiye, who was accompanied by First Lady Angeline Ndayubaha at Kisumu International Airport.
Today, Kenya marks 58 years since the country received independence.
The hyped celebrations started at around 10 am where only 3000 guests were invited at the Jomo Kenyatta International Stadium in Kisumu in accordance with the Covid-19 containment measures.
The event was graced with dignitaries from various parts of the country, including Deputy President William Ruto, former Prime Minister Raila Odinga, Wiper party leader Kalonzo Musyoka, ANC leader Musalia Mudavadi, Gsatundu South MP Moses Kuria, among others.