Inside six-hour Uhuru, Raila allies meeting in Nairobi

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While President Uhuru Kenyatta and Raila Odinga were on Thursday in Naivasha and Mombasa respectively, their allies were meeting in Nairobi, to come up with a working formula ahead of 2022. The meeting was attended by David Murathe (Jubilee Vice-Chair), Raphael Tuju (Secretary-General- ODM), Junet Mohamed ( Minority Whip) and Maoka Maore (Majority Whip).

According to David Murathe, the meeting is the first step towards having President Uhuru and Raila Odinga form a political alliance, to further strengthen handshake beyond their current ties.

“It was a meeting of like minds to take to the next level a mechanism for coalition arrangement with ODM. We are just following what our party leader said when he appreciated the peace and stability that has been borne through the handshake and the enabling environment provided by Raila,” Murathe said, adding they were laying ground for finer details to be revealed by Uhuru and Raila.

“We are just working on the technicalities and laying ground; the finer details will be discussed by the two principals.”

On his part, ODM Secretary General Edwin Sifuna confirmed the two parties have formally started engaging for a 2022 pact in the August general elections.

“We had our initial meeting today, Jubilee was represented by Tuju and Murathe while Junet and myself represented ODM. We have started the talks that will see us having a pre-2022 coalition agreement with Jubilee. We are engaging formally with the organs of the two political parties,”  he revealed.

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