Uhuru’s night call that calmed Raila
By MOSES NYAMORI AND ROSELYNE OBALA | March 8th 2021 at 05:00:00 GMT +0300
The Standard yesterday learnt that the remarks by the two lawmakers had the blessings of Raila, following claims that a Cabinet Secretary and Interior Principal Secretary Kibicho Karanja were trying to meddle with the Building Bridges Initiative (BB
Makadara MP George Aladwa at a women leaders meeting to drum up support for BBI. [Wilberforce Okwiri, Standard]
ODM leader Raila Odinga cancelled his much-publicised rally at the famous Kamukunji grounds in Kibra constituency, Nairobi, at the last minute amid reports of a phone call by President Uhuru Kenyatta.
The President reportedly reached out to Raila hours after his allies Siaya Senator James Orengo and Rarieda MP Otiende Amollo threatened that ODM could bolt out of the working arrangement with Jubilee due to alleged interference by powerful individuals at the Office of the President.
There are fears that state mandarins were favouring one side of the handshake team, and may be bidding their time with Raila. Thursday’s Matungu election outcome is said to have triggered this awakening.
“The President talked with Raila last night,” said an official, who could not provide further details about the deliberations by the two leaders. It is believed that the leaders agreed to focus on the bigger picture, and Raila to call his troops to order.
Yesterday, despite the night mobilisation of Raila’s supporters to attend the event, the former premier failed to turn up for the church function and the planned rally.
Some of the locals who turned up for the church service that was to precede the public rally at Kamukunji grounds told The Standard that they were mobilised on Saturday night for the event.