Details on why Raila Odinga, the Orange Democratic Movement party leader, did not show up at a rally at the Kamukunji Grounds in Kibera have emerged. According to a front-page story titled 'Uhuru's Late Night Call That Calmed Raila' by the Standard Newspaper to hit newstands tomorrow, the Kenyan head of state President Uhuru Kenyatta called the former prime minister to calm him down. According to the story, the head of state convinced Mr Odinga against holding a rally that would cast aspersions on the Building Bridges Initiative.
The call came on the heels of a speech by the Siaya senator and renowned lawyer James Orengo. Mr Orengo had bashed certain individuals in the highest echelons of government whom he accused of undermining the ODM party leader. The revered lawyer vowed to expose these individuals if they do not stop their schemes.
A copy of the Standard Newspaper with a front-page story of why the Orange Democratic Movement party leader Raila Odinga did not show up at a rally in Kamukunji. [Source Courtesy]
Following James Orengo's outburst on Saturday, there have been fears that the handshake between President Uhuru Kenyatta and Raila Odinga is on its deathbed. Political pundits opine that the head of state will dump the Orange Democratic Movement party leader after the referendum. The Rarieda member of parliament Otiende Amollo threatened to bail out of the handshake if it is proved that the president intends to play Raila Odinga.
Speaking with the Daily Nation, the Suna East member of parliament Junet Mohammed, who is a close ally of Raila Odinga, hit out at the Interior and Coordination of National Government principal secretary Dr Karanja Kibicho for throwing his weight around and making it difficult for the BBI Secretariat to make independent decisions.
The Suna East member of parliament Junet Mohammed gestures while making a speech at a past political rally. [Source Courtesy]
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