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Why Uhuru Kenyatta is meeting Raila, OKA principals in Mombasa

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President Uhuru Kenyatta will today hold another closed-door meeting at State House in Mombasa with ODM leader Raila Odinga and One Kenya Alliance (OKA) principals Kalonzo Musyoka (Wiper), Musalia Mudavadi (ANC), Gideon Moi (KANU), and Moses Wetangula (Ford-Kenya).

The meeting comes just a day after ODM and Jubilee Parties agreed to formalise their pre-election pact which will see the two outfits merged into a coalition for 2022.

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A source privy to the current events reveals today’s meeting is a follow up to a similar one last week, also held in Mombasa where the Head of State openly told OKA partners he will be backing Raila Odinga for the presidency, and called on the principals to throw their weight behind the ODM leader.

”He gave them a week to discuss among themselves after he dropped the bombshell of backing Raila last week. The meeting will also discuss the BBI, whose outcome the president has been briefed on,” a source said.

This second meeting follows a blitz of political activities in both Raila Odinga and OKA camps yesterday. Speaking in Nakuru, where he was hosted by a section of Mt Kenya leaders led by Governor Lee Kinyanjui, the former prime minister gave the roadmap to his 2022 candidature by kicking off his Azimio La Umoja campaign.

Read: President Uhuru, Raila Odinga formalize 2022 coalition agreement

Present were Governors Anne Waiguru (Kirinyaga), Wycliffe Oparanya (Kakamega) and Ndiritu Muriithi (Laikipia), MPs Maina Kamanda (nominated), Jeremiah Kioni (Ndaragwa) and Maoka Maore (Igembe North), Chief Administrative Secretary Rachel Shebesh and former Assistant Minister Peter Kenneth.

Others were MPs John Mbadi (Suba South), Junet Mohamed (Suna East), Gladys Wanga, (Homa Bay Woman Rep), Fatuma Gedi (Wajir Woman Rep), Samuel Arama (Nakuru Town West) and ODM Secretary General Edwin Sifuna. 

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