Raila’s meeting widens rift among western leaders
SEE ALSO :Why Sonko delayed to pick deputyIn attendance were political leaders drawn from Jubilee, ODM, Ford-K and ANC. Reacting to claims that some MPs were ambushed for the Raila meeting, ANC party nominated MP Geoffrey Osotsi said all MPs from the region had been invited and those denying were doing so after being reprimanded by their party bosses whom he accused of being against the handshake. “There cannot be an ambush when you go to meet someone in his office,” he said. The MP could not, however, ascertain if all the region’s MPs were invited, only saying Governor Oparanya was responsible for the invites. Efforts to reach the governor did not bear fruit as he was holed up in his office for the better part of yesterday.
SEE ALSO :Raila chairs meeting on proposalsWhile sources maintained that the meeting partly discussed how to sideline ANC party leader Musalia Mudavadi from Western politics, Mr Osotsi said the meeting dwelt on the region’s economic development in light of the handshake. Desperate attempt The Mudavadi-ally-turned-foe said the meeting was weighty and had made legislators against the handshake panic. “Some of the ANC legislators present have confirmed that Raila lied to them that even Musalia Mudavadi was aware of the meeting,” said ANC Secretary General Barrack Muluka. Muluka claimed the meeting was a desperate attempt by Raila to hold onto the Western vote-rich bloc.
SEE ALSO :Is Ruto a man under political siegeHowever, Kakamega Senator Cleophas Malala (ANC) and Osotsi (ANC) dismissed Muluka’s assertion. Earlier, Lugari MP Ayub Savula disclosed that Raila and Oparanya had met a section of the leaders who agreed to persuade the rest to let the former prime minister arrange a meeting between them with President Kenyatta next week. He said all the 32 legislators from Western were then summoned for a meeting at Parliament on Wednesday to discuss and agree on whether Raila should lead them to State House. The idea is understood to have elicited a heated debate which saw some of the politicians storm out of the meeting in protest, arguing that they also have their party leaders who can lead them to State House to meet Uhuru if need arises.