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Kalonzo attends Mashujaa Day fete as other Azimio leaders give event wide berth

Thursday, October 20th, 2022 11:59 | By
Kalonzo attends Mashujaa Day fete as other Azimio leaders give event wide berth
President William Ruto and Kalonzo Musyoka shake hands at Uhuru Gardens. PHOTO/Screengrab.

Wiper Party leader Kalonzo Musyoka attended the Mashujaa Day celebrations at Uhuru Gardens in Nairobi.

Kalonzo, who was sitting at the main VIP dais, shook hands with President William Ruto as he joined other high-profile guests at the platform after inspecting the guard of honour mounted by the military.

The Wiper leader was the only senior opposition figure to attend the Mashujaa Day fete as other prominent Azimio la Umoja One Kenya Alliance members skipped the event.

Raila's foreign trip

Azimio la Umoja Presidential candidate in the 2022 General Election didn't attend the Mashujaa Day celebration as he left the country. However, it's now clear why his running mate Martha Kaura skipped the event.

Raila Odinga left the country on Sunday, October 16, 2022, and headed to India. He also said that he would be visiting several other countries.

"Baba has left the country for a week's visit to several nations starting with India; see you all when I’m back. Meanwhile, can William Ruto & Kenya Kwanza stop it with the lamentations?" he tweeted.

Raila's communications director Dennis Onyango had earlier said that the Azimio leader was headed to India for personal matters as well as to have official engagements with business leaders focusing on Africa’s Infrastructure Development.

“Rt. Hon. Raila Odinga has left the country for India to attend to personal matters and have official engagements with various players in his capacity as AU Infrastructure High Representative for Africa," Onyango said in a statement.

"While in India, Mr. Odinga will visit the cities of Hyderabad and Trivandrumis for meetings with business leaders with interests in Africa’s infrastructure development,” he added.

Raila's trip comes days after he held talks with India's new High Commissioner to Kenya, Namgya Khampa.

"The strong bond and ties between our nations formed the core of our discussion as we hosted India's new High Commissioner to Kenya, Namgya Khampa. We wish her all the best as she begins her tour of duty in Nairobi," he said after meeting the High Commissioner on October 14.

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