Watch Bodyguard Take Off Raila's Hat to Honour National Anthem

A video seen by Viral Tea showed Raila keeping his hat on as the anthem began booming through the speakers of the Azimio la Umoja, Maa edition gathering where he met with members of the Maa community from Kajiado, Narok, and Samburu at a hotel in Rongai, Kajiado County.

A security guard was captured on camera on Monday, September 13 taking off Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) party leader Raila Odinga's hat as he forgot to remove it in honour of the Kenyan national anthem.

A video seen by Viral Tea showed Raila keeping his hat on as the anthem began booming through the speakers of the Azimio la Umoja, Maa edition gathering where he met with members of the Maa community from Kajiado, Narok, and Samburu at a hotel in Rongai, Kajiado County.

As he held the left side of his chest with his right hand in a show of respect, one of the guards reached out and removed his cap, and placed it on a nearby stool as the first stanza of the national anthem rolled on.

ODM leader Raila Odinga with members of the Maa community on September 13, 2021. /FACEBOOK

According to fashion website Hats in the Belfry, it is considered a hat etiquette for both men and women in any country in the world to remove their hats during the National Anthem. The only exception to this rule is when a woman is wearing a very proper hat.

Once your hat has been removed, you should hold your hat in your hand in such a way that only the outside is visible. You should never reveal the inside lining of your hat.

As a man, the following tips of hat etiquette should be considered:

  1. It is traditionally considered an act of charming courtesy and respect for men to remove their hats in the presence of a woman.
  2. Men should remove their hats while on an elevator, especially if a lady is present.
  3. Men typically remove their hats when entering a building or upon arrival at their destination.
  4. Men shall not wear their hat inside a church; it is appropriate for women to wear dress hats, however.
  5. Traditionally, a gentleman will tip his hat to a lady in passing. He may replace it after she has passed or as they begin to walk/talk together.
  6. It is very poor manners and could be taken as an insult if a man were to tip his hat to another man.

For women, they may only wear a fashionable hat into a theatre if it does not cause those behind to move in order to see around the hat.

Meanwhile, Raila was meeting delegates from Kajiado, Narok, Samburu, and Laikipia in Ongata Rongai, promising to protect their land rights if elected president in 2022.

He added to the community that it had historically received a raw deal regarding land issues.

''In unison, the Maa community has thrown their weight behind the Azimio la Umoja aspiration and has added pertinent issues dear to them to the list of things we intend to fix moving on. I thank them for the warm welcome today,'' Raila said. 

He added that the challenges facing the Maa nation needed to be addressed once and for all.

''They underscore the more reason we need to come together on one table, listen to each other, and chart a way forward as one people. We must strengthen both the formal school system and the mobile school initiatives among pastoralist communities as a means of increasing access to education,'' Raila explained. 

Former speaker Francis Ole Kaparo issued a rejoinder against politicians who discredited Odinga's ambitions by claiming that he does not have the interests of the Maa community at heart.

While endorsing Raila's 2022 presidential bid, Kaparo narrated how he worked closely with Raila and his late father, Jaramogi Oginga Odinga, when he was first elected speaker in 1993. 

''I served as Raila's prefect when I was the National Assembly speaker. So, this is someone I know so well.

''I am attending this meeting because I want to support Raila; I am not a member of ODM nor Jubilee. I don't have a party, but I have a vote and a voice. I am also influential and I am here to use my capacity to support Raila, so anyone who feels aggrieved by this should leave me alone,'' Kaparo said. 

Former speaker Francis Ole Kaparo. /CLASSIC 105