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‘I Have Forgiven Uhuru For Calling Me A Mad Man’ – Raila Odinga

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'I Have Forgiven Uhuru For Calling Me A Mad Man' - Raila Odinga

ODM leader Raila Odinga (pictured) has narrated how he and President Uhuru Kenyatta buried the hatchet to forge a united front.

Speaking at the University of Nairobi where he met youth from Mt Kenya, Raila said he has since forgiven Uhuru for calling him muguruki, Gikuyu for a mad man.

The ODM leader said the President had also forgiven him for referring to him as a drunkard.

Raila was explaining what happened in the aftermath of the 2017 repeat presidential election that he and his team boycotted.

Following the stalemate, Raila and Uhuru, on March 9, 2018, buried their differences in a rapprochement now famously called the Handshake.

The ODM leader said he and Uhuru were locked in two meetings that lasted 13 hours and six hours before they agreed to resolve the issues.

Their motivation, Raila says, was the nationalistic roles played by their fathers and hence their contribution to Kenya’s independence.

Raila said their fathers were so close that Uhuru is like his brother. “We remember where we came from and our sense of nationalism,” he said.

He cautioned Kenyans against viewing each other only by the community they belong to.

“Never again will Kenyans fight after an election,” the ODM leader added.

Raila further added that he is confident next year’s polls will be free and fair.

He said the top contributor to post-election violence is how the polls are conducted.

“IDPs are still in camps since the 2007-08 post-poll chaos.”

Raila said there is a need to address unity in the run-up to the election to avoid violence, which is what the Handshake is premised on.

Raila’s meeting with the Mount Kenya youth comes on the backdrop of politicians wooing the vote-rich bloc ahead of the general election.

The Mount Kenya Foundation (MKF) leaders have announced they will unveil their preferred presidential candidate at a retreat in Limuru.

MKF made the disclosure on October 8 as they fought claims that they had settled on ODM leader Raila Odinga on a day One Kenya Alliance (OKA) principals made a strong pitch for their respective candidature. 

The businessmen and politicians challenged the opposition leaders to present a united front in the next poll to avoid splitting votes in what may work in favour of Deputy President William Ruto.

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2022 Campaigns Should Not Derail Service Delivery, Says Alfred Mutua

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2022 Campaigns Should Not Derail Service Delivery, Says Alfred Mutua

Maendeleo Chap Chap party leader Alfred Mutua has urged political leaders not to overindulge in campaigns at the expense of service delivery to the public.

Dr Mutua, who is also a 2022 presidential aspirant, said while it was the right of politicians to hunt for votes ahead of next year’s General Election, Kenyan citizens have equal rights to enjoy services offered by all government agencies.

“I wish to remind all leaders that we have been elected to serve until the next election day,” Mutua said.

The Machakos governor criticised politicians issuing pre-election promises, noting they first have to account for what they have done.

Mutua addressed the public in Tala town yesterday after touring ongoing infrastructure development projects in Kangundo and Matungulu sub counties.

The county government is implementing World Bank-funded projects covering Nguluni, Tala and Kangundo towns which constitute Kangundo/Tala municipality.

Similar programmes are ongoing in Machakos and Mavoko municipalities. They include road works, solar lighting, paving walkways and laying drainage lines.

Mutua defended his development record and urged Ukambani residents to rally behind his bid for presidency.

“The people of Machakos are witness to my development record since I took office in 2013 and I will proudly exit to seek the country’s top seat,” he said.

He reiterated his challenge last week to Wiper party leader Kalonzo Musyoka to retire from active politics, saying the former vice-president had served his time.

“We respect Kalonzo for what he has done for the Kamba community and we are telling him it is now time to exit and pave way for younger blood to take over leadership,” he said.

Mutua also toured Kangundo Level 4 Hospital where he inspected the newly constructed Intensive Care Unit Complex which he said will be equipped soon.

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Kalonzo Musyoka: President Uhuru Owes Me 2022 Support

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Kalonzo Musyoka: President Uhuru Owes Me 2022 Support

Wiper Leader Kalonzo Musyoka has revisited the events that led to the formation of the coalition government in 2007/2008.

Speaking after meeting Mount Kenya Foundation leaders at Safari Park Hotel, Nairobi, Kalonzo said it was he who fronted President Uhuru’s name to former President Mwai Kibaki for the deputy prime minister post in the shared government.

“It was me who convinced Kibaki to appoint Uhuru as a deputy prime minister/Minister for Trade,” the Wiper boss said during a luncheon for OKA principals.

He said the president owes him, adding, “but we aren’t here to talk about political debts.”

OKA leaders Kalonzo (Wiper), Musalia Mudavadi (Amani National Congress), Gideon Moi (Kanu) and Moses Wetang’ula (Ford Kenya) met the Mt Kenya Foundation leadership at Nairobi’s Safari Park Hotel to present in what is widely believed to be a deal-making parley ahead of the 2022 election. They were also joined by United Democratic Party leader and former Lugari MP Cyrus Jirongo.

Kalonzo urged the Mt Kenya region to exercise voter integrity in 2022, reminding them of the role he played in the 2007 General Election.

“In 2007, people who represent the mountain came to my house to plead with me and we reasoned together. We stood in the gap. Had we not done it, this country would probably be worse than Somalia,” said Kalonzo.

Kanu leader Gideon Moi said policies need implementation otherwise they just remain ideas.

“It does not matter which economic model we present to you if we are not in power to carry them out,”  he said.

OKA says it believes in an all-inclusive nation where no one is left behind.

The meeting was last week postponed.

The OKA principals have collectively pledged loyalty to President Uhuru Kenyatta, but each bears ambitions to succeed him.

According to insiders, the group will eventually meet President Kenyatta to present its preferred presidential candidate.

“MKF planned the meeting. They will give us the opportunity to share our visions and aspirations,” Mudavadi said in an earlier interview.

Mt Kenya Foundation is an exclusive club of billionaires who have in the past influenced elections.

President Uhuru Kenyatta is being seen as managing his succession after he met OKA principals, who, except Wetang’ula, have declared interest in the presidency.

Equity Bank former chairman Peter Munga, former Kenya Revenue Authority Commissioner General Michael Waweru and former Kenya Airports Authority chairman George Muhoho are some of the big shots in the group.

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