Following reports and subsequent talks by the ODM brigade of plans by some of the people in the office of the President to sabotage the handshake, details have emerged of Raila and Uhuru separate meetings.
Reports indicate that allies President Kenyatta and ODM leader Raila Odinga have been holding closed-door meetings to resolve some of the issues appearing to threaten the three-year political deal.
The new development further reveals that the BBI allocation coffer has been the meat of the matter with the seven political parties involved divided on whether to hold a joint campaign on the bill or separate ones.
While ODM pushes for a joint campaign, the other leaders are said to agitating for separate and individual rallies in drumming up support for the bill.
Sources further claim that the two handshake principals have met at least twice to cushion the claims by the ODM brigade of some individuals, hell-bent frustrate the deal and block Raila’s 2022 plans.
The first meeting was reportedly held at the statehouse on Sunday, March 7, 2021, after Raila was driven thereafter the supposed call, while the second one was held yesterday at the same venue.
The two leaders are said to have agreed on gagging their allies from making public statements that could ruin the handshake, as was witnessed over the weekend.
ODM chairman John Mbadi confirmed that the bromance between the two heavyweights was still intact with nothing much to worry about.
“The relationship between the two leaders is intact. There is nothing to worry about. Though I have been in the village, what I know is that the two leaders have been meeting and always in constant touch,” ODM chairman John Mbadi, who is also the Leader of Minority in the National Assembly, said last evening.
The two leaders have since silenced their foot soldiers from the hasty statement, with yesterday’s meeting later canceled when the ODM leader was taken ill.
Relaying the same message, Siaya Senator James Orengo said that yesterday’s meeting was not a crisis type as it had been planned earlier.
“By the way, today’s meeting at State House is not a crisis meeting as it was planned sometime last month when leaders of other political parties were there and agreed to expand that forum to include Governors Hassan Joho (Mombasa) and Wycliffe Oparanya (Kakamega).
” Orengo appeared to allude to the success achieved in the meetings when he urged ODM supporters to remain calm as he assured that the Handshake was “intact and strong”.
“The Handshake is extremely strong and that is why the leadership of both Houses in the Senate and National Assembly is working in the spirit of bi-partisanship,” Orengo said.