ODM Leader Raila Odinga Joins President Ruto For Royal Dinner

Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) leader Raila Odinga on Tuesday attended a dinner at State House, Nairobi, where King Charles III was expected to make a speech regarding his visit to Kenya

In a televised attendance, Raila could be seen having a chat with National Assembly Minority Leader Opiyo Wandayi and National Security Advisor Monica Juma.

The former Prime Minister was also seen hobnobbing with Tourism Cabinet Secretary Alfred Mutua and United Democratic Alliance Secretary General Cleophas Malala.

At one point, CS Mutua was seen adjusting the opposition leader’s coat and pockets and having a casual talk with the former Prime Minister.

A collage of Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) leader Raila Odinga with together with political dignitaries at State House Nairobi during the Royal dinner on October 31, 2023



Interior Principal Secretary Raymond Omollo later approached the area where Raila, Wandayi, and Malala were stationed and had a brief chat with them.

Meanwhile, the dinner prepared to host King Charles III in the country was an elegant affair. 

Refectory tables were elegantly set up at State House, adorned with golden-themed chairs for the dignitaries attending the event.

Although Raila and President Ruto have been locked in a political stalemate, speculation has been rife that the two have recently warmed up to each other.

Despite this being Raila’s first appearance at State House since President William Ruto was elected into office, the opposition leader attended the Africa Climate Summit organised by the Kenyan government at the Kenyatta International Convention Centre (KICC)

The King was earlier in the morning received officially by President Ruto at State House after jetting into the country on Monday night.

King Charles III and Queen Camilla then planted trees at State House, posed for photos before leaving to attend a memorial function at Uhuru Gardens.

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