Amani National Congress Party leader Musalia Mudavadi has come out to explain why he skipped President Uhuru’s invitation to State House luncheon where the president met pro-handshake MPs alongside ODM leader Raila Odinga.

Musalia said he had already been committed elsewhere by the time he received the invitation to the meeting where President Uhuru praised MPs for passing the political parties (amendment) bill 2021.

“It is after reading in the newspapers that I received the State House luncheon invite (by President Uhuru) but I had already committed myself elsewhere,” said Mudavadi.

Amani National Congress Party Musalia Mudavadi has defended himself saying he only read the invitation to statehouse from the press. Photo: Musalia Mudavadi/Twitter.

All the OKA principals Musalia Mudavadi (ANC), Kalonzo Musyoka (Wiper), Gideon Moi (Kanu), and Moses Wetangula (Ford Kenya) had been invited by the Head of State but none of them showed up.

Over 200 Members of Parliament and Senators allied to President Uhuru and Raila Odinga’s attended the Luncheon.

In the meeting, President Uhuru said he will persuade leaders to join the Azimio side to ensure Kenya remains together even though politicians belong to different political parties.

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“I hope and pray that this spirit we have started with, we shall be able to carry on with it through till elections are over and for us to be able to bequeath again a new administration … and a focus on the issues that affect the people of this Republic,” said the President.

Former Prime Minister and ODM party leader also joined the President’s luncheon and he said he was disappointed by William Ruto who was demonizing the BBI constitution amendments.

Wiper leader Kalonzo Musyoka, who also skipped the meeting, was instead in the Mukuru Kwa Njenga slums donating foodstuff to those whose houses were demolished.

The meeting came at a time the Senate is expected to discuss the Political Parties (amendment) bill 2021 during the second reading after being unanimously passed in the National Parliament.

The president called on those opposing it to stop demonizing as they did to the BBI.

“And the political parties amendment that we are trying to push through which some people have tried to demonize as they demonized BBI,

“The bill is giving us an opportunity to be able to formally work together across political parties in the interest of the nation,” the President said.