By Brian Itava
President Uhuru Kenyatta, Deputy President William Ruto and Opposition leaders Raila Odinga and Kalonzo Musyoka have on Thursday led the country in reconciliation. Speaking to the national at the 16TH National Prayer Breakfast in a Nairobi Hotel, the leaders demonstrated forgiveness by shaking hands and hugging.
The 2018 National Prayer Breakfast is one of the most memorable since the event was incepted in 2003. This will go down in history as a day of reckoning where President Uhuru Kenyatta asked for forgiveness not only from the opposition but also from any Kenyan whom he may have wronged.
In a never witnessed demonstration the President called his Deputy William Ruto, Opposition leader Raila Odinga and Kalonzo Musyoka on stage where he asked for forgiveness from Raila and the opposition.
“My brother Raila, I know I have said nasty words and called you names. We have campaigned against each other but all has come to naught. Please forgive me,” said the president.
The crowd raptured into an applaud when the president said the words as his deputy William Ruto got ready to do as his boss.
Raila Odinga on his part quoting the scriptures said, “The Lord works in mysterious way…If Mandela shook hands with De Clarke, what is the problem if I shake hands with Uhuru Kenyatta?” stated Raila.
Kalonzo Musyoka, who candidly confessed that he did not expect to address the convention, extended his apologies to President Uhuru Kenyatta and the Jubilee Government in entirety.
All of the leaders vowed to work together in spurring a united nation forward free of corruption. The next similar event will be held on June 31 next year.
By Brian Itava