Following a highly divisive election and a prolonged electioneering period, President Uhuru Kenyatta is expected to meet his fierce rival and opposition leader Mr. Raila Odinga.
The President is expected to share a podium with the former prime minister on Tuesday, December 19, for the burial of former Kitui West Member of Parliament Francis Nyenze.
The legislator died on December 6th after a long illness.
Mr. Kenyatta took oath of office on November 28 to begin his second term at the top office but the defiant Odinga has termed his re-election ‘illegitimate’ and disregarded his presidency. This is even after the Supreme Court of Kenya upheld his victory in the repeat polls by dismissing the two petition that sought to overturn his win. Mr. Odinga boycotted the repeat elections citing electoral unpreparedness by Independent Electoral and Boundary Commission.
So divided are the two leaders that have forced the United States and several other European nations to intervene, calling for dialogue and reconciliation. President Kenyatta has ruled out any talks with the opposition over election matters but extended a hand in case of development talks that will steer the country ahead. The defiant Odinga has ruled out talks with the government and even threatened to take an oath of office as the President of the People’s Republic of Kenya.
The two leaders however met after the August polls at the All Saints Cathedral during the celebrations of Anglican Church’s Centurion existence.
Archbishop Justin Welby of Canterbury was the main unification figure behind the meeting.
The NASA party and the Presidency have confirmed attendance for Nyenze’s burial alongside other political and religion leaders. A fierce political showcase is expected to resurface at the burial.
Despite being a close confidante of Mr. Kalonzo and Mr. Odinga’s supporters, Nyenze fought claims of working with the government and spotted publicly declaring support for Mr. Kenyatta.