In Summary
  • The two joined Catholic Church members at Uzima University grounds for the installation of Homa Bay Bishop Philip Anyolo as Archbishop of Kisumu.
  • Odinga and Ruto went to Kisumu barely a month after they and President Kenyatta attended the launch of the pilot Universal Health Coverage programme.

Amid heightened political tensions in the ruling coalition over 2022 plans, Deputy President William Ruto and ODM leader Raila Odinga shared a podium in Kisumu on Saturday.

The two joined Catholic Church members at Uzima University grounds for the installation of Homa Bay Bishop Philip Anyolo as Archbishop of Kisumu.

POLITICS

Others who attended the ceremony were Bungoma Senator Moses Wetang'ula (Ford Kenya); Cabinet secretaries Eugene Wamalwa (Devolution) and Raychelle Omamo (Defence) and a host of legislators.

Rev. Anyolo, chairman of the Kenya Conference of Catholic Bishops (KCCB), took over from Archbishop Zacchaeus Okoth who is retiring.

Mr Odinga and Mr Ruto went to Kisumu barely a month after they and President Kenyatta attended the launch of the pilot Universal Health Coverage programme.

Political talk was expected to take centre stage at the religious function as DP Ruto and Mr Odinga's lieutenants have torn into each with accusations concerning the next presidential election and Mr Odinga's handshake with President Uhuru Kenyatta.

ACCUSATIONS

Mr Odinga’s allies, who include ODM chairman John Mbadi, have accused the DP of using proxies to fuel claims that President Kenyatta has neglected his Central Kenya backyard and turned his focus to opposition zones.

Those allied to Mr Ruto came out guns blazing and told off their ODM counterparts for "poking their noses" into Jubilee affaris.

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