Office at State House, Two Cabinet Slots, Here Are Some Of The Demands Raila Tabled as They Plan Joint Government

President Uhuru Kenyatta outright aggressiveness towards those perceived to be friends and associates of his Principal Secretary William Ruto have been buoyed by the fact that ODM leader Raila Odinga has now his back.

The President is said to be consulting chiefly with Raila even concerning the House leadership changes that led to the removal of Kipchumba Murkomen as Leader of Majority in the Senate and Susan Kihika as Majority Whip.

The two scions of founding fathers also had a deep tete-a-tete before Kanu and Jubilee signed a post-election coalition agreement which has now been challenged at the Political Parties Tribunal.

With talks of unity Government allegedly being forged and which is likely to be announced post the Covid-19 pandemic, Raila’s team wants a major stake in the new government.

According to the Star, Uhuru had requested Raila, Wiper leader Kalonzo Musyoka and ANC boss Musalia Mudavadi to submit two names each of individuals they wanted to be named to the Cabinet.

But the talks have stalled because Raila is said to be pushing for the consideration of parliamentary strength of each political party at the negotiating table. He avers ODM should get more than the other two parties given its numerical strength.

The former Prime Minster is said to have asked for a huge stake in the control of parastatals.

He also wants ODM to take charge of a new office to be created in the Office of the President that would be in charge of economic recovery.

Also, Kalonzo wants that he be given a Cabinet position. Wiper’s national executive committee have given him the nod to negotiate with Uhuru.

The creation of the Government of National Unity (GNU) is aimed at steadying the shaky Jubilee government following a fallout in the Executive between Uhuru and Ruto.

The negotiations for the establishment of a GNU have been going on silently for a couple of months.

With Ruto aptly neutralized, Raila appears to be firmly in charge of the President’s fate, two years after signing the handshake deal.

The President’s circle believe that while they are using Raila as the masterstroke to politically annihilate Ruto’s State House ambitions, he would be key in the success of Uhuru’s final term.

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