Raila Marks 77th Birthday, Spices Presidential Bid with Symbolic Cake

Raila Marks 77th Birthday, Spices Presidential Bid with Symbolic Cake

The 77th birthday celebrations of former Prime Minister and Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) party leader Raila Odinga were at the Bomas of Kenya in Nairobi on Friday, January 7, 2022.

The Bomas of Kenya was decorated in all white, blue and orange colours in celebration of Raila’s birthday.

The dress code is a blend of either the three colours or a touch of any of them.

The Warembo na Baba group was dressed in blue t-shirts with the words engraved in white.

 

The ODM leader’s birthday cake had five layers that are symbolic. The layers have years of regimes of former presidents of this country.

The first layer of the cake was labeled 1964 – 1978 symbolising the time the founding father of Kenya, Mzee Jomo Kenyatta led the country.

 

Jomo Kenyatta died in his sleep in 1978, paving way for Daniel Arap Moi who was the Vice President at the time to act as President for three months before an election was held, which he won to become the country’s second president.

His tenure was labeled on the second layer of the cake, 1978 – 2002. Moi ruled for 24 years before he retired.

The third layer was written 2002 – 2013 indicating the tenure of retired President Mwai Kibaki, who completed his two terms.

The fourth layer, 2013 – 2022 indicated the tenure of President Uhuru Kenyatta that ends in August 2022.

The topmost layer which also had Raila’s image, symbolised his tenure as the fifth President of Kenya, if elected on August 9.

 

Now, Raila is seeking to become the fifth President of Kenya in the August 9, General Election. If elected, this will make him the first President from outside Central Kenya and the Rift Valley regions.

 

The layer was labeled 2022 and beyond to show that he is the incoming president beginning 2022.

The Kenyan Constitution only allows a president to serve for two terms and retire. 

Other than the symbolic cake, Raila’s birthday was also celebrated across the counties with several cutting cakes in public.

The cakes were labeled ‘Raila the 5th’.

Raila cut the cake at exactly 11.47 am.

The 47th minute symbolised the 47 counties represented.

The opposition chief arrived at the venue accompanied by his wife Ida at about 11.30 am alongside various leaders.

Among dignitaries present are Nairobi Governor Anne Kananu, Raila’s brother an East frican Legislative Assembly (EALA) lawmaker Dr Oburu Odinga, ODM Secretary-General Edwin Sifuna, the Kenya National Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KNCCI) chairman Richard Ngatia who is eyeing theNairobi gubernatorial seat and a host of MPs including Babu Owino (Embakasi East), Kanini Kega (Kieni), Anthony Oluoch (Mathare North), Esther Passaris (Nairobi Woman Rep).

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