The Kenya National Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KNCCI) chairman Richard Ngatia led Nairobians and the business community in marking the 77th birthday of the Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) party leader and Africa Union (AU) High Representative for Infrastructure Development.
Ngatia who is eyeing the Nairobi Governor’s post in the forthcoming 2022 general elections was at Bomas of Kenya where the Raila’s birthday was being celebrated where he was invited under the Azimio La Umoja initiative to represent Nairobians and the business community.
Ngatia a close ally of President Uhuru Kenyatta was among the guests that Raila served with a piece of the birthday cake in the climax of the occasion.
This was the second consecutive time that Ngatia has been invited to attend a high profile meeting being hosted by the opposition leader with the first being during the Azimio la Umoja where he addressed the crowd at a function Raila launched his 2022 presidential ambitions at the Moi International Sports Centre, Kasarani on December 10th, 2021.
Ngatia expressed gratitude and appreciation to the former Prime Minister for honouring him with the invite which he said was an honour for the people of Nairobi saying that they will pay back by electing him as fifth occupant of Kenya’s presidency.
“I assure you that your next birthday when you will be turning 78 will be celebrated at State House with you being the president of the Republic of Kenya and me being your host as the Governor of Nairobi County,” said Ngatia.
Among dignitaries present at the birthday party were Ngatia, Raila’s brother an East frican Legislative Assembly (EALA) lawmaker Dr Oburu Odinga, Nairobi Governor Anne Kananu, ODM Secretary-General Edwin Sifuna, and a host of MPs including Babu Owino (Embakasi East), Kanini Kega (Kieni), Anthony Oluoch (Mathare North), Esther Passaris (Nairobi Woman Rep). CAS Zack Kinuthia, Rachael Shebesh, ODM Youth Coordinator Hon Stazo Omung’ala, Makadara Politician Antony Waithaka, Edward Kuria among others.
Raila’s birthday celebrations overshadowed a function Agnes Kigure who was launching her bid for Nairobi’s gubernatorial post, a businesswoman who former Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko had at one point considered a replacement for Equity Bank Group Chief Commercial Officer Polycarp Igathe as Nairobi’s deputy Governor