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Raila: I forgave Uhuru for calling me ‘Kimundu Kiguruki’

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  • ODM Leader Raila Odinga admits he forgave President Uhuru for calling him “Kimundu Kiguruki.”
  • He says a long talk preceded their 2018 handshake, where they laid out their differences and decided to renew the bond held by their families.

ODM Leader Raila Odinga has revealed the chronology of events that led up to the 2018 handshake with President Uhuru Kenyatta.

The former Prime Minister disclosed that the process was long and saw the two revisiting past offensive remarks they had said about each other.

Speaking on Tuesday at a Mt Kenya Youth Forum in University of Nairobi, Raila said Uhuru confronted him for calling him a drunkard.

“Raila broke Jubilee”

Amidst the uproar of laughter from the audience, he proceeded to narrate how he retorted by arguing that the President had derogatorily called him ‘Kimundu Kiguruki’ a Kikuyu term meaning a mad person.

“At first it was difficult, ooh you called me a drunkard…but you also called me Kimundu Kiguruki…at the end of it,we agreed…we looked at where we came from…”

After a talk that lasted hours, they decided to bury the hatchet by revisiting the rich bond the two families (Odinga’s and Kenyatta’s) had in the past.

Their 2018 handshake is what seemingly led to the division among members of Uhuru-led party Jubilee. His deputy William Ruto has been criticizing the handshake, claiming it affected the Big Four Agenda set in 2013.

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