ODM leader Raila Odinga will be in Naivasha for the next three days, meeting top strategists, scholars, and members of President Uhuru Kenyatta’s think tank as he readies to announce his presidential bid at the end of the month.
The three-day retreat at the Great Rift Valley lodge will also be attended by top Jubilee politicians and prominent Mt Kenya MPs who have been pushing the Head of State’s agenda in their region, amidst strong resistance, and misinformation from DP Ruto and his allies.
Raila will open the retreat this afternoon the head to Vihiga tomorrow morning for an event, then return to Naivasha for the meeting, which ends on Saturday.
Reports indicate after today, the former prime minister will unveil his elections secretariat, which will include politicians, academicians, civil society actors, church leaders, career civil servants, women, and youth representatives to drive his campaign.
”I’ve not decided if I’ll vie. Currently, I’m consulting with Kenyans and when I conclude it, that’s when I’ll make a decision. I’m remaining with around four areas then I’m done and then I’ll declare my decision,” the ODM leader told local Kalenjin radio stations yesterday.
Some of the leaders from Jubilee expected to attend the Naivasha meeting are Jubilee secretary-general Raphael Tuju and ruling party vice-chairman David Murathe, former Gatanga MP Peter Kenneth, Kieni MP Kanini Kega, Murang’a Woman Rep Sabina Chege, CAS Rachel Shebesh, and Nyeri Deputy Governor Caroline Karugu.
Royal Media Services chairman SK Macharia, Mt Kenya Foundation vice-chairman Titus Ibui, civil society activist John Githongo, and former administrator Joseph Kaguthi are some of the notable figures already around Mr. Odinga’s inner circle.