With recent reports that Uhuru Kenyatta is set to resign as chairman of the Azimio La Umoja One Kenya Alliance Coalition Party adding more fuel to the fiery rumours that the former president must have been fooling the Orange Democratic Movement party leader Raila Odinga all along, the latest revelation has made matters even more complicated. It is now surfacing that months to the 2013 General Election when TNA party leader Uhuru Kenyatta was summoned by the National Cohesion and Integration Commission for allegedly spewing emotive statements, one of the commission’s former commissioners is speaking out on a decade old incident.
Professor Gitile Naituli, previously a commissioner with the National Cohesion and Integration Commission (NCIC) was speaking while making an appearance on ntv’s AM live which was hosted by the station’s presenter Olive Burrows. Alongside Gitile Naituli in the studio were analyst Martin Oloo and former Kiambaa constituency member of parliament seat aspirant Charles Munyui.
While suggesting that perhaps Uhuru may have been pulling a fast one on Raila, Gitile shared that months to the 2013 poll Uhuru told him no power can ever make Raila president. He said Uhuru narrated to him how Raila had aligned himself to Moi with the hope that Moi would make him president, then did the same with Kibaki believing Kibaki would make him the president.
Gitile argued that there’s no way Uhuru would have genuinely campaigned for Raila when armed with this knowledge.
Years later, March 9, 2018, would go down in Kenya’s history books as one of many defining moments when the country witnessed an unexpected event.
On this day, on the steps of Harambee House, the building that houses the President’s office along Harambee Avenue in Nairobi, President Uhuru Kenyatta and Raila Odinga shook hands.
The symbolic event is a contrast to a few months prior when the two were firmly rooted on opposing sides of a hotly contested presidential race. This animosity stretched back to even year later to the incident Gitile Naituli narrated.
The now famous ‘handshake’ was a public declaration to cease all hostilities, and instead find common ground in the interest of moving the country forward economically, politically as well as socially.
The sigh of relief that the gesture, which was conducted in the full glare of national and international media outlets, brought nevertheless elicited mixed reactions.
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