Raila Skips President Ruto’s Nation Address

Raila Skips President Ruto’s Nation Address

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Azimio la Umoja Coalition leader Raila Odinga skipped President William Ruto’s first State of the Nation address on Thursday.

Despite an executive seat being set aside for him at the Speaker’s Gallery, Odinga’s seat was placed between Wiper party leader Kalonzo Musyoka and Interior Cabinet Secretary Kithure Kindiki.

Instead, Raila attended a student leaders forum which was attended by different universities in Kenya.

He was joined by Siaya Governor James Orengo, Embakasi East MP Babu Owino and other ODM leaders.

The last time President Ruto and Raila were spotted together was last week on Tuesday during the State banquet in honour of King Charles III and Queen Camilla at the State House.

However, some Azimio MPs attended the State of the Nation address.

Leader of the Minority at the National Assembly Opiyo Wandayi and Minority Whip Junet Mohammed were among those who received  Ruto at Parliament buildings.

Ruto’s address comes 14 months after Ruto became Kenya’s fifth President.

The last State of the Nation address was given by former President Uhuru Kenyatta on November 30, 2021.

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