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Kibaki Body Viewing: Awkward Moment as Uhuru Refuses to Handshake Ruto

by Robert Mwangi
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President Uhuru Kenyatta and First Lady Margaret Kenyatta have arrived at Parliament Buildings, Nairobi, where the body of retired President Mwai Kibaki is lying in state.

The Head of State and his wife are today, 25th April, leading the country in viewing the body of his predecessor. Kibaki’s remains will be in Parliament from today until Wednesday.

The President was received by DP William Ruto and the Speakers of the National Assembly and the Senate, Justin Muturi and Ken Lusaka, respectively.

Interestingly, the President did not do handshakes with the leaders who welcomed him.

Instead, he bowed with his clasped hand together and walked away.

The Head of State and his principal assistant have not been seeing eye to eye with each other for months due to the boiling succession politics.

President Kenyatta is backing ODM leader Raila Odinga to succeed him after the August 9 General Election.

The country’s top leaders have been attacking each other, with the DP calling his boss a failure, especially in the second term of the Jubilee administration.

For his part, the President has been describing the second in command as corrupt and an uncaring leader who absconded duty to focus on his presidential bid.

Lusaka and Muturi are supporting Ruto to succeed Uhuru.

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