President Kenyatta ,wife Margret and DP Ruto at the event
BY EURIDICE NZIOKA/KORIR JUMA,1ST JUNE,2017-The move by president Uhuru Kenyatta and his Deputy William Ruto not to acknowledge the presence on NASA presidential candidate Raila Odinga at Maraka day Celebrations at Kabiruini stadium in Nyeri on June 1st 2017 continue to raise varied opinion from Kenyans.
Odinga arrives at Kabiruini grounds-UPESINEWS
Immediately the event ended Kenyans went on social media to express their displeasure with the move they termed unpatriotic. Most of those we sampled said Odinga was supposed to have been accorded a chance being the official opposition leader in the country.
Others had issues with the language used at the event condemning Gikuyu language which was widely used by majority of the speakers at the event.
Here are what some kenyans had to say:
Pal Jeff @Pal_Jeff With a NASA gov’t, Nyeri people will be treated as Kenyans and not Kikuyus
Dr. PLO_Lumumba @PL0_Lumumba 9 hours agoThis event is such a nonsense. How can this be called
#MadarakaDay when almost everything is in a local language?
Dr Andrew Suleh MD @andrewsuleh 9 hours ago how do you convert a nation event into a tribal heritage gathering ,the devil is so strong in this country
A section of Opposition officials from Nyeri and Embu Counties also faulted the Jubilee leadership, led by President Uhuru Kenyatta and his deputy, William Ruto, for “failing to acknowledge” former Prime Minister, Raila Odinga’s presence during Madaraka Day celebrations held at Kabiru-ini Stadium in Nyeri.
Speaking to the press in Nyeri Town moments after the event had ended Thursday, June 1, ODM and NASA coordinator in the Mt. Kenya region, Gitonga Wathanga, said they were shocked to learn that Odinga was not going to address the gathering let alone receive recognition from the presidency.
Odinga had arrived in the stadium mid-morning and was received by cheering crowds outside the stadium.
Wathanga said Jubilee administration is not keen on integrating the country’s citizenry, adding that President Uhuru Kenyatta’s speech did not portray elements of national interest.