Raila and Ruto publicly forgave each other at Dr. David Oduor’s prayer rally.
This was a significant act for several reasons.
First, it shows that even among enemies, real or otherwise, forgiveness is possible.
Second, given the history of these two men, and particularly given Ruto’s relentless attacks on Raila largely based on falsehoods, Raila comes out as yet again put country first and himself second by apologizing to Ruto when there was little he really needed to apologize for.
This is akin to a couple agreeing to apologize and let go of an issue they know they are right for the sake of peace, which is nonetheless commendable for the peace is worth it.
Third, Raila and Ruto forgiving each other publicly will have a positive effect on Raila in RV because it’s a way of Ruto signalling to the Kalenjin community Raila is after all not as bad ad he had made or tried to make him come across to those who follow him.
In essence, Ruto is saying to the Kalenjin community vote for Uhuru at your own peril.
This is true notwithstanding the fact Ruto is Uhuru’s running mate because even he deep inside knows a Uhuru presidency does not have much promise for him (Ruto), let alone the Kalenjin community and all Kenyans for that matter.
On the other hand, a Raila presidency does, in fact, have promise for all, including Ruto who will certainly fare better under a Raila presidency than Uhuru Kenyatta’s.
Let’s all commend the two leaders especially Raila for this act of brotherly love.