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Details of President Uhuru’s night visit to Raila that calmed the BBI and handshake jitters

Details have emerged of the Wednesday night meeting between President Uhuru Kenyatta and ODM leader Raila Odinga that calmed the jitters around the BBI and the handshake.

Reports indicate that President Kenyatta paid the former premier a visit at his Karen home in a meeting that was attended by Siaya Senator James Orengo and national assembly minority whip Junet Mohammed.

The two leaders reportedly discussed the conflict surrounding the Building Bridges Initiative and the 2022 succession politics.

They further agreed to marshall their brigades in support of the agenda with President Kenyatta giving an assurance that all was as planned.

This comes after a number of Odinga allies had speculated that some of the government officials were keen on frustrating the good initiative.

Interior Principal Secretary Karanja Kibicho has been in the limelight for allegedly threatening the handshake and the unity of the two leaders, with the BBI secretariat offices reportedly closed.

Odinga allies in Senate minority leader James Orengo and Rarieda MP Otiende Amollo had raised concerns on the validity of the unity while criticizing Kibicho’s actions towards the course.

His party Deputy and Kakamega governor Wycliffe Oparanyawas not left out as he also declared the constitutional amendment through the BBI untenable due to the Covid-19 pandemic and the slumping economy.

“As we move nearer to the elections, it’s not going to be tenable (to conduct a referendum) because you know a referendum is just like a General Election. The expenses involved are heavy…you can’t have a plebiscite, and then in the next 12 months, you hold the elections,” Oparanya stated.

The two leaders would later on Thursday, April 1, 2021 walk together in a show of solidarity while inspecting a number of ongoing and completed government projects.

“My partnership with Raila allows us to do this, to work together to bring development to our people. I want to thank Raila for coming with me. I thank God that he is now Covid negative,” the president said after the tour at Statehouse.

Odinga also expressed his gratitude to God and the President for the chance to be well again and to tour the city and inspect projects.  

 “Nimetoka nje kwa mara ya kwanza na Mungu ni mwema. Kwa wiki tatu nimekuwa katika hali mahututi (This is my first public appearance and God is good. For three weeks, I have been in critical condition,” the former premier said. 

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