DP Ruto hosts President Kenyatta, Raila Odinga for lunch in Karen

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Deputy President William Ruto on Friday hosted President Uhuru Kenyatta and ODM leader Raila Odinga for a lunch at his Karen residence in Nairobi.

Senate Majority Leader Kipchumba Murkomen was also present. It was not immediately clear whether the lunch was planned or not.

The lunch came shortly after the leaders attended the requiem mass of former Maendeleo ya Wanawake Chair Jane Kiano at ACK St Francis Church in Karen.

In a Twitter post, Mr Ruto said he was consulting with his boss (Mr Kenyatta) on “matters of development and unity”.

This is the first time that Mr Ruto is formally hosting the President and Mr Odinga since the March 9 handshake which changed the political relationship between the two leaders.

During their meeting early this year, President Kenyatta and Mr Odinga pledged to “stand together” to pursue the country’s shared prosperity agenda and asked Kenyans and leaders to embrace their rights and responsibilities.

They further expressed their desire to set aside their differences and rebuild the nation and make it responsive to the urgent need for prosperity, fairness and dignity for all Kenyans.

“The two leaders have been competitors and even used hard language against each other at times, but they have always been friends and respected one another as individuals and leaders,” a statement read then by Mr Odinga said.

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