ODM leader was notably missing in the national prayer breakfast held at parliament buildings.
Having attended two consecutive prayer meetings since 2019, Raila’s absence in the Thursday, May 27 event raised eyebrows.
The ODM leader was on a visit to the coastal region, where he met 2022 presidential hopeful Mukhisa Kituyi.
“Spent part of the day catching up with Dr Mukhisa Kituyi and his wife at their residence. We compared notes and exchanged views on several topical issues. Good seeing this family,” wrote Raila hours after the prayer breakfast event ended.
It is quite unusual for Raila to miss major events attended by President Uhuru Kenyatta since their 2018 handshake.
More so, the prayer breakfast is an important affair for the two leaders since it was introduced as a result of their peace-making pact.
Deputy president William Ruto would be expected to miss such events due to his strained relationship with the head of state.
While addressing the special guests, Ruto called for national unity and burying of political hatchets.
“So much has happened but as things stand today, the tanga tanga tours are not there and the BBI ‘reggae’ has also stopped. I think we need to listen to our religious leaders. Maybe God is telling us to ‘come, let us reason together,” DP William Ruto said.
After attending the prayer breakfast, Ruto quickly dashed to his Karen residence to walk his daughter, June Ruto down the aisle.
Other than politicians from Ruto’s Tanga Tanga brigade, other political leaders who attended the event include, ANC leader Musalia Mudavadi, Meru governor Kiraitu Murungi and National Assembly speaker Justin Muturi.