ODM leader Raila Odinga has dismissed talks he was planning to join Jubilee government, adding that him and President Uhuru Kenyatta have never talked about such a thing. In an interview with one of the local media houses, Odinga affirmed his engagement with President Kenyatta is firmly anchored on the Handshake.
” I want to make it clear that Jubilee has not asked us to join government as a coalition partner. We also have never discussed such a thing with them. What bring us together is the Handshake and the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI),” Odinga said.
The former premier, who is also the AU High Representative for Infrastructure also revealed the country is likely to go for a plebiscite before the end of the year.
”It is true a referendum is coming before the end of the year. There is no going back. The BBI task force will present their findings once the Covid-19 crisis ends,” he added.
Raila is reported to have made a hasty retreat from forming a coalition with Jubile. Instead assured Uhuru his party will support the government agenda in Parliament without signing a formal agreement Raila’s ‘Think Tank’ are of the view that his handshake with President Uhuru is adequate and the party does need to sign another statutory agreement that would need the approval of the Office of the Registrar of Political Parties.
The ODM boss alternatively seeks to pursue a ‘collaborative agreement’ with the ruling party, which especially entails working together in the two Houses.