Kenya Tanzania relations Raila reveals why Magufuli refused to attend Uhuru’s inauguration

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Odinga and Magufuli are great family friends

A file photo of Raila Odinga greeting Tanzania's First Lady Janeth Magufuli as President John Magufuli looks on play A file photo of Raila Odinga greeting Tanzania's First Lady Janeth Magufuli as President John Magufuli looks on (Pulselive)

NASA leader Raila Odinga has finally opened up on his long-standing relationship with Tanzania President John Pombe Magufuli.

Odinga explained that although he had a personal relationship with Magufuli, it did not have an influence on how they made political decisions.

play President Uhuru Kenyatta (right) with his Tanzania counterpart John Magufuli (Twitter)

 

The former Prime Minister was addressing accusations that the Tanzanian President may have made last minute cancellation to President Kenyatta’s inauguration on account of his relationship with Odinga.

I think Magufuli had other engagements and that is why he didn’t come. He wants to see peace in Kenya. I went to Zanzibar for holiday and didn’t meet him. My friendship is personal and at family level. I don’t interfere with their internal politics and he doesn’t interfere with our internal politics. No one should impute improper motives,” Odinga remarked.

play President Uhuru Kenyatta during his swearing in ceremony (PSCU)

 

The Tanzanian president sent his deputy to Kenyatta’s swearing in ceremony, although he had already confirmed his attendance.

During a long interview with the Sunday Standard, Odinga also spoke on his political differences with Kenyatta, whom he also described as “very close to him and his family”.

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