Raila snub: We lost opportunity to bridge deep tribal animosity

Orange Democratic Movement presidential candidate Raila Odinga (left) with National Police Commission Chairman Johnston Kavuludi at the Madaraka Day celebration in Nyeri on June 1, 2017. PHOTO | JOSEPH KANYI | NATION MEDIA GROUP

What you need to know:

  • The last national day event before this year's General Election would have provided the perfect chance for President Uhuru Kenyatta and Orange Democratic Movement presidential candidate Raila Odinga to put on a display of amity.
  • Failure to act upon recommendations of the Truth, Justice and Reconciliation Commission could come to haunt Kenya.

It might have seemed like a petty issue of no consequence blown out of all proportion, yet the storm over the apparent snub suffered by Mr Raila Odinga at the Madaraka Day festivities reveals the deep fissures that are a powder keg in any election year. 

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