- In 2007, Raila Odinga, the late Joe Nyaga and Reuben Ndolo and party officials from Mt Kenya political parties attended a burial in Nyeri
- The group left the funeral and headed to Karatina Tourist Lodge for a late lunch before an unprecedented drama unfolded
- The establishment happened to belong to a relative of the then-president Mwai Kibaki in the 2007 presidential election
In the heat of the 2007 General Election campaigns, ODM party leader Raila Odinga and his team had made a stopover in Karatina ahead of the tour of the present-day Nyeri county.
Raila was in the company of the late Joe Nyaga and former Makadara MP Reuben Ndolo, and party officials from political parties drawn from the Mt Kenya region.
Earlier that day, Raila and his team had attended the funeral of Mathira constituency Liberal Democratic Party branch chairman Peterson Kaburu at Mwanda village, not far from Karatina Town.
Hotelier screams at Raila
The group left the funeral and headed to Karatina Tourist Lodge for a late lunch. It was here that the drama unfolded.
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The establishment belonged to Lucy Weru, a relative of the then-president Mwai Kibaki in 2007.
Lucy’s daughter is married to Kibaki’s son.
The hotelier stormed the establishment and screamed at the politicians demanding to know why they were at her hotel before ordering them to leave.
“Who brought you here? We do not want ODM here. Can you please leave now? We do not want your money,” she ordered.
Lucy also instructed workers and staff to ensure Raila and his team left.
“Waambie watoke. Na hata akiwa rais asinisaidie,” she was overheard.
The ODM leader recounted the incident when he spoke on Friday, November 26, at Kabiruini grounds near Karatina town.
He told the gathering that she forgave Lucy and even offered to have a cup of tea at her home.
“There was a time I was kicked out of a hotel in Karatina but I forgave that lady. Now we have agreed that I will have a cup of tea at her home. We want to see Kenyans more united than ever,” he recalled.