William Ruto with Uhuru Kenyatta
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President William Ruto has said he asked for forgiveness from his predecessor Uhuru Kenyatta during last year's National Prayer Breakfast.

Speaking during the National Prayer Breakfast meeting held at Safari Park on Wednesday, Ruto said it was quite a coincidence that this year's theme is all about reconciliation. 

"I remember during the 2022 prayer breakfast I was asking for forgiveness from my friend the former President Uhuru Kenyatta, it is interesting that in our first prayer meeting, we are discussing forgiveness," he said. 


The head of state added that it is prudent to attend the meeting and congratulated all the leaders who had attended Kenya Kwanza's first prayer breakfast meeting.

"It is not necessary that we will always agree, but it is better to work towards the betterment of our country," he added. 

Ruto had been sidelined during last year's event following the frosty relationship with his then-boss. 


Uhuru had thrown his weight behind Azimio leader Raila Odinga, publicly announcing his presidential support and not his then-deputy William Ruto.

During the event in 2022, Uhuru shared his table with Chief Justice Martha Koome and former Attorney General Paul Kihara, Ruto occupied a distant table with speakers Kenneth Lusaka and Justin Muturi.

But even as Ruto presides over the first prayer event, the Azimio brigade chose to stay away despite reconciliation calls.

The Opposition said the prevailing circumstances in the country require its people to approach God with humility and speak to Kenyans truthfully about the issues facing the country.

This, they said, is lacking from the Kenya Kwanza government which they say is not being frank about the challenges currently facing the country.

"If past events where we have shared platforms with Kenya Kwanza are to serve as a guide, Azimio is convinced that the National Prayer Breakfast does not offer the environment the country needs for humility before God, honesty with citizens and respect between leaders," Azimio said.