By Amunga Peter.
Trending this afternoon is #RailaTheCryingBaby. Leaders are trying to calm him down.
President Kenyatta and ODM leader Raila Odinga have called a crisis meeting at State House, Nairobi, today in a frantic move to save the ‘Handshake’ on the third anniversary of the political deal between the two leaders.
The meeting comes in a day of frenzied activities that were sparked by comments from ODM Director of Elections Junet Mohamed on Saturday when he accused senior officials in government led by Interior Principal Secretary Karanja Kibicho of trying to undermine the Building Bridges Initiative and sabotaging Mr Odinga.
Consequently, President Kenyatta will today (Tuesday) meet with Mr Odinga and other party leaders. Those invited to the meeting include ANC leader Musalia Mudavadi, Kalonzo Musyoka (Wiper), Gideon Moi (Kanu), Moses Wetang’ula (Ford Kenya), Alfred Mutua (Maendeleo Chap Chap), Kivutha Kibwana (Muungano Party), Charity Ngilu (Narc) and governors led by Kakamega’s Wycliffe Oparanya and Mombasa’s Hassan Joho.
The meeting is slated for this afternoon. Thereafter, State House will set a date and meet the House leadership on both sides, which will be followed by talks with ‘like-minded lawmakers’.
“The meeting of the party leaders is on course as earlier planned,” said Mr Mohamed.
Uhuru and Raila handshake
However, some party leaders who spoke to Nation in confidence last night said they had not received any invitations for the meeting.
State House spokesperson Kanze Dena promised to release a statement but had not done so by the time of going to press.
The talks have taken a different path from what President Kenyatta and Mr Odinga promised on the February 25 meeting at State House in a statement read by Senator Moi.
“We shall hold a joint consultative meeting on March 9, 2021, involving Members of Parliament and counties leadership,” Senator Moi said in a statement after a meeting of seven pro-BBI party leaders on February 25 at State House, Nairobi.