Coalition for Reforms and Democracy leaders Saturday gave Madaraka Day celebrations a wide birth.
Retired Presidents Mwai Kibaki and Daniel Moi did not also attend the celebrations to mark 50 years of Kenyaâ€™s self-rule despite playing a major role in Kenyaâ€™ growth.
Former Prime Minister Raila Odinga, former Vice-President Kalonzo Musyoka and Bungoma senator Moses Wetangâ€™ula skipped the celebrations at Nyayo stadium, Nairobi.
One of Mr Odingaâ€™s aides who did not want to be named as he is not authorised to speak on behalf of the Cord leader told theÂ Nation: â€œMy boss could not attend as he was not invited.â€
â€œWe had expected that since this is a major celebration to mark 50 years of self-rule, my boss, other Cord leaders, former President Moi and other regional leaders would be invited just as former President Kibaki graced Ugandaâ€™s celebrations recently. I think the current administration is overwhelmed,â€ the aide said.
Nairobi Governor Evans Kidero who was elected on an ODM ticket was the top most Cord leader who attended the fete. Dr Kidero was the last to speak before inviting Mining Cabinet Secretary Najib Balala.
The PMâ€™s aide said â€œa nation turning 50 is not a small thing both regional and national leaders should have been invited.â€
â€œThe leaders could not just attended celebrations as they could be embarassed with protocol guys, saying they were not expected,â€ he added.
Mr Odinga spend his day at his Nairobi home, at times tweeting as the Madaraka Day celebrations continued.
A number of Cord leaders including governors, sentaors and MPs, however, attended the celebrations in various parts of the country.
Mr Odingaâ€™s group also missed President Kenyattaâ€™s inauguration ceremony in April and May 1, Labour Day.
Yesterday was President Kenyattaâ€™s first Madaraka Day since he took office after the March 4 elections. June 1 is the day when Kenya attained self-rule. Fifty years ago today, Kenya ushered in an era of self-rule after decades of colonial self-rule.
As Mzee Jomo Kenyatta stood up at Uhuru Park to receive instruments power, the country erupted in song and dance.