Political arch-rivals President Uhuru Kenyatta and National Super Alliance (NASA) leader Raila Odinga on Sunday attended a church service at the All Saints Cathedral in Nairobi.
The duo was in attendance as the global Anglican Church celebrated its 100th Anniversary, in a mass presided over by the Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby.
In his address, President Kenyatta said the country will heed the call of the global Anglican Church for reconciliation in order to solve political disputes.
Kenyatta said this soon after receiving a gift from the Archbishop of Canterbury who graced the 100 year celebration service of the All Saints Cathedral on Sunday, November 5.
“We heard your message of reconciliation and I hope every single person in this room heard your message,” said Kenyatta.
However, Odinga did not speak during the church service.
This is the first time the two leaders are coming face to face in public since the announcement of President Kenyatta as winner of the controversial October 26 election which Odinga boycotted saying “he will not be compelled to participate in a pre-rigged electoral process”.
Odinga has since formed the National Resistance Movement (NRM) wing of the opposition to resist against the Jubilee administration.
In an interview with KTN News on Saturday, Archbishop Welby urged the two political rivals to reconcile and ensure the current political stalemate is resolved.
“We discussed about the situation in Kenya. Reconciliation is done by the parties involved in the difficulty. You can’t impose it on people but you can encourage, enable and take away obstacles from the difficulty,” said Welby.
Chief Justice David Maraga was also in attendance at the All Saints Cathedral in Nairobi.
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