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Raila meets senior Jubilee officials in Nakuru as 2022 race hots up

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ODM leader Raila Odinga will today hold a closed-door meeting with senior Jubilee Party officials in Nakuru as the two parties prepare to merge ahead of 2022.

Today’s meeting whose details are scanty will be attended by Jubilee Secretary General Raphael Tuju, Minority leader John Mbadi, Minority Whip, MPs Kanini Kega (Kieni), Maina Kamanda (nominated), former presidential candidate Peter Kenneth and Jubilee vice-chairman David Murathe.

The ODM-Jubilee forum happens when OKA, comprising KANU and former NASA parties are burning the midnight oil to try to come up with a formula for picking a flagbearer.

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On the other hand, voices calling for the region to have its own political party are growing stronger with a meeting of seven party leaders happening in Thika today, for talks of a coalition in 2022.

“We are meeting to discuss the future of our region. We saw Uhuru meet a group of politicians in Mombasa recently and none of them was from our region; we must organise ourselves, we want to chart a course for our people,” Gatundu South MP Moses Kuria said yesterday.

Today’s meeting is coming a week after The Service Party of Kenya (TSP) leader Mwangi Kiunjuri, Chama Cha Kazi’s Moses Kuria (Gatundu South MP), and Narc Kenya party leader Martha Karua met last week for unity talks.

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Party leaders expected to join today’s meeting are former Embu Senator Lenny Kivuti (Rebuild and Restore Party), Esau Kioni of the Democratic Party (DP), Mpuru Apuri (National Ordinary People Empowerment Union, NOPEU) and Thuo Mathenge (The New Democrats). 

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