Uhuru, Raila shelved interests for country's unity - Jubilee MPs

Larry Hoffman
March 14, 2018

A section of Jubilee leaders led by former Mukurwe-Ini MP Kabando Wa Kabando and former Higher Education assistant minister, Dr. Kilemi Mwiria, have welcomed the dialogue initiated by President Uhuru Kenyatta and opposition leader, Raila Odinga.

In a series of communications seen by TUKO.co.ke on their respective Twitter pages, the ODM and Jubilee Party said they will be engaging each other on the basis of mutual and national respect.

Even though details of the meeting remained scanty, sources privy to the discussions told the Daily Nation that Wiper leader Kalonzo Musyoka, Ford-Kenya's Moses Wetang'ula, and Amani National Congress' Musalia Mudavadi pressed Mr Odinga, who is also leader of the Orange Democratic Movement, to explain why he kept them in the dark over his meeting with the President. But he said NASA will resume should the Uhuru-Raila agreement be breached. "The two leaders have asked us to give them an opportunity to spearhead this process and we have accepted. We shall be retreating to ensure our individual parties, political organs are brought up to speed so that these issues are discussed and at the subsequent Summit meeting we shall break it down on the issues we have talked about today", the ANC leader said.

The former Senior Presidential Advisor said this is exactly what the lobby group Friends of Uhuru Kenyatta Caucus advocated all along a year ago.

Bodyguards were withdrawan in early February after the "swearing-in" of Odinga as "people's president".

For Mr Kabando, he says he has been vindicated since what he stood for has come to pass.

However, during Monday's meeting, Mr Odinga expressed concerns that the growing isolation of the Nasa leadership would not in any way have served its interests.

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