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(From The Nation (Kenya) - AAGM)
Byline: NJERI RUGENE and DAVID MUGONYI
The Kenyatta Day presence of the former President both at Nyayo Stadium and State House, followed by a private meeting, could signal a rapproachement between two foes
Since President Kibaki took over on December 30, he has never been warm to his predecessor, Mr Daniel arap Moi. President Kibaki particularly had harsh words for his predecessor during the swearing in at the Uhuru Park.
Matters were not helped by the manner of Mr Moi's departure from State House later the same day. A lonely and dejected outgoing President was escorted to the helicopter that would fly him to Kabarak only by members of his immediate family and a few close aides.
Many close to Mr Moi recall with bitterness that day, saying he had been shown out of State House "like a dog".
Since then there have been few occasions for encounters between the two. Hence the import of the Kenyatta Day festivities at both the Nyayo National Stadium and State House.
After the Presidential speech at the Nyayo Stadium, Mr Moi drove to State House to meet his host, President Kibaki. Exchanging pleasantries At State House, the former president was seen walking around freely and exchanging pleasantries with other leaders.