ODM Chair John Mbadi has revealed Raila Odinga was aware of the State House meeting, where Governors Salim Mvurya, Hassan Joho, and Amason Kingi met President Uhuru Kenyatta on Wednesday. Speaking on Thursday night, the Gwassi MP said Raila Odinga personally spoke to the Mombasa Governor who is also the ODM Party Deputy Leader before the State House meeting.
”A meeting with the President at State House, to champion for the BBI is not a political alliance for 2022. The President has come out repeatedly that he does not want to discuss 2022 politics. The president wanted to meet Mvurya and his deputy. But later, they discussed with my party leader, they should also meet Hassan Joho and Amason Kingi.
”The meeting between the president, Joho, and Kingi is something Raila Odinga was fully aware of. If he was in better health, he would be at that meeting. But he is isolating as we speak. Joho is one of the Deputy Party leaders of ODM and actually running for president,” Mbadi said.
President Uhuru Kenyatta on Wednesday, March 24, hosted Hassan Joho of Mombasa, Salim Mvurya of Kwale, and Amason Kingi of Kilifi in a move seen as targetting DP Ruto, to clip his wings across the country. Mbadi’s sentiments were supported by Mvita MP Abdulswamad who said there was no problem Uhuru meeting Coast Governors.
“What politics could be discussed there? One governor is in ODM, another in Tangatanga and the other wants to form his own party. I don’t think there was any politics at play,” Mvita MP Abdulswamad Nassir said.
Mbadi said the President is free to meet everyone in any part of the country.
“President Uhuru Kenyatta is not a candidate in 2022. Why would he be a problem to us and to Raila? And who said Uhuru cannot meet governors from any area? He has been meeting people.”