Sources that attended the meeting, which was reportedly chaired by Mudavadi and Ruto, told The Standard that the MPs resolved that the two sides would be working closely both in and out of Parliament to push their common agenda. “The meeting is an indication of things to come in the days ahead. This is the start of a long journey that we must accomplish to the benefit of Kenyans who are yearning for change in the way things are done at the political arena,” said Belgut MP Charles Keter, who is in Ruto’s camp.
Assistant Minister George Khaniri, who is a key backer of Mudavadi, and Keter lobbied their colleagues regarded as rebel ODM MPs to attend the meeting.
Keter told The Standard URP and UDF MPs had agreed to work together as a team both in and outside Parliament, another indicator of the partnership coalescing to face Raila.
Keter argued URP and UDF share same ideals and that both Mudavadi and Ruto had previously worked closely even in the Cabinet as they strove to deliver on their mandate.
Dujis MP Aden Duale said the two sides had agreed on how to engage in the political arena as the country prepared for the next General Election.
“We met here to deliberate on EALA list which will be subjected to a vote in Parliament tomorrow (Thursday) morning in Parliament,” Duale told the media in a brief statement after the Lavington meeting.
Duale explained the MPs had “agreed on a working voting pattern in Parliament” that would see their favoured candidates sail through.
Khaniri said that the group of MPs had no problem reaching a compromise on the deal because they had common political interests having fallen out with ODM leadership.
“It was not difficult for us to arrive at a consensus on how we should vote in Parliament as our interests are the same,” Khaniri said.
Shinyalu MP Justus Kizito sought to downplay the meeting saying it was only meant to discuss the EALA list.
Kizito however hastened to add that Uhuru, who recently unveiled his TNA party, and Ruto should rally behind Mudavadi in the race for the presidency. “Mudavadi is the only person with the ability to unite Kenyans and deliver the Presidency in the next General Election. Uhuru and Ruto should therefore back him for the top seat,” Kizito argued.