Former Prime Minister Raila Odinga was conspicuously missing as President Uhuru Kenyatta led an inter-faith religious leaders for a National Prayer Day event at State House.
With the event which has taken months to organize happening concurrently with the prayer day in State House, Odinga had more compelling reasons to skip it.
This was because he was holed up in an endorsement ceremony from a group of Kikuyu elders led by former Gatanga PM Peter Kenneth and nominated MP Maina Kamanda at Kango Kajaramogi in Siaya County.
During the meeting, the Kikuyu and Luo elders made a raft of resolutions which included supporting the BBI proposal and fostering a unity of purpose in regard to delivering the presidency to Raila Oding in 2022.
They promised and made commitment committed to work together in promoting their cultural interests in the context of a peaceful, united and prosperous Kenya.
“The building of a great nation starts at the individual level, how we relate and interact with those around us; then it’s extrapolated countrywide,” Odinga said even as the elders committed to work together now and future.
The list of resolutions made during the ceremony were read by Kisumu Governor Anyang’ Nyong’o.
“We the elders of the Luo and Kikuyu communities, coming together at the home of our patriarch Jaramogi Oginga Odinga have expressed our deep concerns for the problems facing our nation.” Nyong’o said.
The governor continued: “We deeply appreciate the initiative taken by President Uhuru Kenyatta and former Prime Minister Raila Odinga to unite our nation through the handshake under the BBI and we eagerly await the launch of the proposals very soon,”
They agreed that the country could not afford to be polarised on the basis of ethnic and social status.
The elders resolve to continue with the dialogue and invite other communities to take part in the transformation of the country.
“We call upon our people to fully support the handshake by taking its spirit to the grassroots among the Kenyan people,” Nyong’o stated.
After the highly publicised event ended, Odinga said that he had secret gift for the elders through their chairman.
Some of the high profile politicians who attended the Bondo function included; Kakamega Governor Wycliff Oparanya, Siaya Senator James Orengo, Suba North MP Millicent Odhiambo, EALA MP Oburu Odinga, Education CAS Zack Kinuthia among others.
The endorsement ceremony will be followed up by a similar event in Nyeri County on October 30, 2020, when Luo elders will pay a visit.