ODM leader Raila Odinga was accorded a VVIP treatment when he arrived to attend the funeral of renowned Nakuru businessman David Kibira Muchai. The deceased was the co-founder of Mololine Sacco, a matatu transport empire.
When he made his way to the venue at Elburgon, Molo Sub-County, heavily armed police officers were on standby to receive him.
They saluted him before directing him where his seat had been reserved.
Coincidentally, he was to sit next to Nakuru Senator Susan Kihika, who happens to be his fierce critic and a close ally of Deputy President William Ruto.
Interestingly, you would think the former Prime Minister and Kihika were bosom friends.
They were seen having what looked like a hearty conversation.
The highlight of the light moment was when Raila opened his phone and showed the senator something. Some Kenyans joked that they were sharing contacts.
When she took to the podium, Kihika heaped praise on the former Premier for reportedly having a clear vision for the country.
She revealed that she had gone through Raila’s manifesto and found it very impressive.
“I want to thank the former Prime Minister for being clear on what he will do for this country. These are the kind of politics we want. Let’s compete on policies and not tribes and religion,” she said.
You Have My Support
For his part, Nakuru Governor Lee Kinyanjui declared that he would back Raila for the top seat.
The county chief appreciated the opposition chief for standing with President Uhuru Kenyatta even after DP Ruto ran away.
“I have voted at least five times and I never trusted you with my vote, but come 2022 I see that happening. You have proved to be a nationalist. We will walk with you,” he said.
In his speech, Raila asked leaders and Kenyans, in general, to emulate Muchai, who started from scratch and built a transport empire.
“His journey to success is unique. He started very small and later became a very successful businessman. He never embezzled public resources. That is the journey we must all take,” he said.