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How Raila outfoxed former NASA principals at State House

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ODM leader Raila Odinga on Tuesday outfoxed his former allies in NASA who had planned to outnumber him at the meeting with President Uhuru Kenyatta in Mombasa.

The meeting was a follow-up to a similar one in February this year in Nairobi, whose resolution was read to the media from State House by KANU leader Gideon Moi.

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According to insiders, former NASA principals expected to neutralise Mr. Odinga at the meeting after Kitui Governor Charity Ngilu, who was supposed to accompany the ODM leader was unable to make it due to her recent hospitalisation from Covid-19 and was still recovering.

When the former PM appeared at the meeting with Governor Oparanya, both Mudavadi and Kalonzo were upset, and the Wiper leader went ahead to confront Raila why he was accompanied by the Kakamega Governor.

Perhaps, this is one of the reasons doing rounds on social media showing Raila Odinga in a not-so-bright mood and appearing to snub Kalonzo Musyoka.

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In the short clip, Odinga greets the president, skips the Wiper boss, greets Ford Kenya’s Moses Wetang’ula and Kanu’s Gideon Moi. Raila then walks away, without exchanging pleasantries or greeting the other ex-NASA co-principal Musalia Mudavadi. The ODM leader then leaves, followed closely by his Deputy party leader Wycliffe Oparanya.

In the scheme, Musalia Mudavadi, Moses Wetangula, and Kalonzo Musyoka expected to overpower Raila at the table, considering he was to only have Senator Gideon Moi on his side. However, Governor Oparanya’s attendance tipped the balance with both camps have three individuals each.

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