Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) party leader Raila Odinga celebrated his 74th birthday on Monday, January, 7, 2019.
The former Prime Minister held a party at his Mombasa residence that was attended by various prominent personalities in the country including President Uhuru Kenyatta and Governor Hassan Joho.
Raila, known by his supporters as Baba, also received warm birthday wishes from Kenyans who posted hundreds of messages on his various social media platforms.
"Join me in wishing my political mentor, my father in politics, my role model, the Enigma in Kenyan and World politics. A man whose selfless love for Kenya has no boundaries, His Excellency The Right Honorable Raila Amolo Odinga a HAPPY BIRTHDAY. HAPPY BORN DAY BABA!!" posted Makadara MP George Aladwa.
But unlike other Kenyans who praised Raila for his positive contribution to the country, former Nairobi gubernatorial candidate Miguna Miguna took issue with the ODM leader for sharing his birthday cake with President Uhuru, the man he accused of killing hundreds of NASA supporters during 2017 polls.
In a series of tweets, the deported lawyer said Raila was not a hero after 'surrendering' and agreeing to work with 'Dictator' Uhuru who allegedly stole his victory in the last election.
"A genuine freedom fighter does not waste millions of shillings and time on an annual "worship" of his 100-year-old father who died 30 years ago, his son who died more than 2 years ago and his 74th birthday; he spends that money and time on those @UKenyatta maimed in 2017," he posted.
Miguna added: Heroes fight against oppression. Anyone who surrenders and joins an authoritarian regime like @UKenyatta 's rogue regime is not a hero. Those comparing @RailaOdinga 's horrible betrayal of the struggle to heroism are like those who consider home-guards of the colonialists heroes."