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Raila confounds observers with mishmash of meetings with rivals in 72 hours

Out of Raila’s countless nicknames, from Baba, to Tinga, to Jakom to Agwambo, he seems to be living up to the latter tag. Agwambo is a nickname that implies unpredictability on someone’s part, and following the pattern of meetings that he has held in the last 72 hours, the latest being yesterday, Raila Odinga is proving quite unpredictable.

Less than 24 hours ago, reports emerged of a meeting between Raila Odinga and Gideon Moi. Also conspicuously present during the meeting was Uhuru’s younger brother, Muhoho. Details of this meeting came as a complete shock and totally surprised observers, considering the context in which it happened.

Less than 48 hours before the meeting with Gideon Moi, Raila had met with Wycliffe Oparanya.

While a meeting between a party leader and his deputy shouldn’t come as news to anyone, it is worth noting that just before the Raila and Oparanya meeting, Oparanya had held a nine-hour long meeting with DP Ruto. Thus, due to this preface, the subsequent meeting between Oparanya and Raila seemed like a continuation of the preceding engagement with Ruto. Some pundits have observed that this was Oparanya briefing Raila, while some believe it was Raila debriefing Oparanya.

In Raila’s latest meeting that happened yesterday, it emerged that Raila is now holding talks with One Kenya Alliance, a group that he has been engaged in nasty verbal spats with.

Members of the alliance have accused Raila of betrayal and unreliability, while Raila’s camp, on the other hand, has accused them of lukewarm support, and abandoning him in his hour of need. This culminated in a heated exchange between Raila and Kalonzo more than a month ago, with Raila eventually releasing a video online to challenge Kalonzo during the dramatic to and fro.

What was, however, most evident in yesterday’s meeting, is the involvement of Uhuru Kenyatta in the ongoing Raila-One Kenya interaction. Although in the past Kenyatta has been accused of favouring One Kenya, he hasn’t responded to this, or even been seen trying to change this perception.

However, Muhoho’s presence in the Gideon-Raila meeting shows the president’s hand in trying to forge an Alliance of all his allies.

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    Written by Joshua Wanga

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