President Uhuru Kenyatta is scheduled to meet with ODM leader Raila Odinga, days after a key ally of the former prime minister met with Deputy President William Ruto and hints of a new coalition emerged.
The DP’s meeting with Kakamega Governor Wycliffe Oparanya on Wednesday, followed by the one where Mr Odinga hosted the county chief, have set tongues wagging. There are concerns that Mr Odinga could be planning to severties with his Hand shake co-principal, President Kenyatta.
Those close to Mr Kenyatta hinted that he is concerned that if the ODM leader embraced Dr Ruto, the Building Bridges Initiative to amend the Constitution would be threatened, in the end puncturing the President’s legacy and redrawing the succession matrix.
A Ruto-Raila partnership may also prove a headache in Parliament for the BBI Bill since the two have a considerable chunk of loyal troops there.
Our sources in both camps said yesterday that the meeting, other than exploring ways of steady ing the BBI ship, would also discuss the possibility of opening up the country soon to enable Parliament and the electoral commission fast-track the reform agenda.
“I heard about it (the meeting) also but I don’t think it has happened yet,” Jubilee party vice-chair man and Mr Kenyatta’s confidante David Murathe told the Sunday Nation.
Dr Ruto recently referred to ODM as one of the few parties with a national outlook, to the surprise of those who never thought he would ever have such kind words for a party he once accused of be. ing firmly rooted in violence. In the same interview, he said he was open to the idea of working with Mr Odinga in the next polls.
The urgent session between Kenyatta and Odinga, we gathered, was also about the health status of the handshake” in the face of conflicting signals from their allies, especially those on the Odinga.
While speaking to Nation media, David Murathe said that he waiting to hear from Raila whether he is in secret talks with Ruto