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Raila Odinga in a day-long meeting with Mt Kenya leaders days after DP Ruto was given conditions (Photos)

ODM leader Raila Odinga was today holed up in a day-long meeting with leaders drawn from the Mt Kenya region at his Nairobi Karen home.

Speaking after the meeting, the former premier stated that he had a good time hosting the elders at his home for a meal, where they had a conversation about moving the country forward.

The official opposition leader went ahead to say that for a long time, the country has been sold fear, and it was high time Kenya embraced love and peace.

I enjoyed a thoughtful discussion at my home over a meal with members of the Kikuyu Council of Elders led by their Chair Wachira Kiago. A conversation about moving our Country forward not on the patchy path of tribal lines that have and continue to occasion annihilation.

We’ve been sold fear for decades; it’s time that as a people and a Nation we embraced LOVE and PEACE. This is the journey we are embarking on, are you willing to join us as we SIT down and TALK candidly? Nī gatho nī gūcera,” said Odinga.

Also present at the meeting were other Mt. Kenya leaders like Peter Kenneth, Jeremiah Kioni, and Raila’s elder brother Oburu Oginga among others.

This comes six days after the Mt. Kenya MP’s reviewed their terms of engagement with Deputy President William Ruto, issuing fresh demands.

In their meeting held at Kikuyu MP Kimani Ichungwa’s home, the legislators said that their new deal will be centered around economic empowerment, and their political positions in government if he won the election.

“The negotiations will be divided into two parts, part 1 is the economic agenda and part 2 is the region’s political interest,” Kandara MP Alice Wahome said.

They however jointly agreed that the DP had an impeccable record in the region that would inform their unanimous support for him.

“For us, we had to come up with some pre-qualifications and come up with the right person so that now we can say having identified you as a person, we want to go for a journey with, here are our demands,” Gatundu South MP Moses Kuria stated.

“The economy of a country and destinies of nations are actually driven by the leader on the seat. You cannot ask the people in the back seat. Therefore, the reason why we are negotiating with the DP is because, he has a good track record with his ministerial duties from Agriculture to Higher Education,” Kiharu MP Ndindi Nyoro weighed in.

Nyeri Town legislator Ngunjiri Wambugu however dismissed the ongoing negotiations on behalf of the Mt. Kenya residents indicating that the MPs had no mandate to negotiate for the Mt Kenya people.

“It is quite embarrassing for them to be out here telling us that they now want to negotiate. Who are they negotiating on behalf of?” Wambugu asked. 

“If Ruto for example refuses to listen to their demands, what are they going to do to him? Are they going to leave him?”

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