The ice was finally broken after President Uhuru Kenyatta held a meeting with National Super Alliance (NASA) leader Raila Odinga at Harambee House on Friday, March 9.
They met to discuss a number of issues, mainly beginning the process of ending animosity and uniting the country. This was the first time in a long time that the two leaders have met publicly to discuss issues after hopes of dialogue had begun to fade.
Briefing the media outside Harambee House after the meeting, the two leaders emphasized on the need for other leaders to support their cause to unite the country and also called on all Kenyans to help them move the country forward.
In what Raila referred to as ‘Call to self-reflection’, the former Premier asked leaders and all Kenyans to stop running away from challenges and scoop out the animosity that has held the country hostage since the August 8th elections.
Since this was their first public meeting in a long time, Kenyans took to various media to react to this, most surprised that the two leaders have actually agreed to negotiate.
Here is a sample of the reactions from Kenyans:
The sooner Kalonzo, Wetang’ula, and Mudavadi come to terms with reality and accept that Raila has moved on, the better for them and their respective supporters. At this point, we really don’t know Raila’s political plans for the future but what we can deduce from his recent actions is that his three NASA co-principals don’t feature in his future political plans.
Raila did what any general would do, faced with similar circumstances. Instead of facing a strong adversary with a weak team, just withdraw.
Looking at Wetang’ula and Kalonzo’s body language, it is reasonable to conclude that they know things are going downhill.
It is time to organise a requiem Mass for NASA to mourn the death of a once vibrant coalition.
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The trio of Wetang’ula, Mudavadi, and Musyoka were looking for their own opportunity to jump ship and leave Raila stranded, just the way they did on January 30. Their complaints sound like those of a jilted lover and are not sincere at all. They made their bed when they skipped the swearing-in ceremony and now they must lie on it.
If Wetang'ula, Mudavadi, and Musyoka didn’t know before that politics is a dirty business they certainly know now.
Last week Mudavadi was boasting of his plans for 2022 separate from NASA. On Saturday he was castigating Raila for Friday's meeting. Not once did the three think to show a united anti-Jubilee front to assist in negotiating and pressuring the ruling party over the issues they want addressed.