Raila Odinga, the Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) leader who was among political detainees during the late Daniel Torotich arap Moi’s regime has said he forgave him.
The former prime minister said he shared a strong belief in forgiveness with Kenya’s longest ever serving Head of State.
Speaking at a requiem mass for the deceased at Nyayo Stadium, Nairobi on Tuesday, February 11, Raila struck a reconciliatory tone.
“He was human, he made great contributions, and like all human beings, he also had his other weaknesses. We remember the great things that he did: for example, introducing universal primary education to our country; free milk in school, the maziwa ya Nyayo; and trying to consolidate unity among the people of Kenya,” he said.
The Opposition Leader also added that he and the late president Moi, during whose reign he was arrested and detained multiple times, had long resolved their differences and worked together for the betterment of the country.
“Moi and I shared a strong belief in forgiveness. I was a victim of his rule but we forgave each other, shook hands and agreed to work together for Kenya. I was humbled to join Kenyans and people from across the world in paying tribute to him today. May he rest in eternal peace,” he also posted on his social media pages.
Raila was charged with treason and detained without trial for six years by the Moi regime after his alleged role in the infamous 1982 coup. His son, Raila Odinga Junior, had earlier said his father does not keep grudges against people who wronged him in the past.
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