NASA flagbearer chief Raila Odinga was denied a chance to speak at the Madaraka Day fete in Nyeri and social media was not happy with the snub.
Raila who had gone to attend the fete which was to be addressed by President Uhuru Kenyatta arrived at Kabiruini grounds at about 10am.
President Kenyatta arrived moments later after the opposition leader arrived.
As the fete got under way, many expected Nyeri Governor Samuel Wamathai to call on Raila before inviting Deputy President William Ruto.
However, the Governor skipped him and called on Ruto instead.
Ruto who spoke for a few minutes about the need for peaceful campaigns and then invited the President who closed the fete after his remarks.
After the event, various Kenyans on social media insisted that the DP should have allowed Raila to speak while others chose to differ.
The level of pettiness in this country, sasa why didn’t they even acknowledge Raila’s presence at the Madaraka Fete? #MadarakaDay
— Gachui Wa Kariuki (@GachuiKariuki) June 1, 2017
So some people feel Raila was dishonored for not being given a chance to speak. When did Madaraka Day become a Raila affair? #madarakaDay
— Francis Kiruhi (@k_faw) June 1, 2017
Why deny Raila a chance to speak during Madaraka day celebrations in Nyeri ? It was a public function and not a party function.
— Calvince Ahl (@CalvinceKe) June 1, 2017
#MadarakaDay Raila is clever .. Nyeri Madaraka ceremony planners got into his trap – now the ceremony looked like a one tribe affair
— Jenaro 🇰🇪 (@JenaroWachira) June 1, 2017
— Eric Kogi (@erickogi) June 1, 2017
a national event was held in Nyeri
someone prayed in kikuyu
another one addressed kenyans in kikuyu Raila was ignored 😕😕
— Erica Kakile MD (@erica_kakile) June 1, 2017