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Raila Odinga, DP Rigathi bump into each other in Mombasa

by Enock Ndayala

Azimio la Umoja One Kenya Coalition Party presidential candidate Raila Odinga and Deputy President Rigathi Gachagua bumped into each other on Friday, September 16.

The two political antagonists were in Mombasa for different functions when they met at the Moi Airport VIP Lounge in Mombasa.

Raila who had been in Zanzibar for a one-week vacation to heal following his shocking presidential loss to William Ruto had been in Mombasa for the swearing-in of Mombasa Governor Abdulswamad Nassir.

Azimio la Umoja One Kenya Coalition Party presidential candidate Raila Odinga and Deputy President Rigathi Gachagua bumped into each other on Friday, September 16.
Azimio la Umoja One Kenya Coalition Party presidential candidate Raila Odinga and Deputy President Rigathi Gachagua bumped into each other on Friday, September 16. Photo: Raila Odinga/Twitter

Deputy President Rigathi Gachagua on the other hand was in Mombasa since Thursday, September 15 when he opened the inaugural Council of Governors meeting.

Gachagua was heading back to Nairobi after officiating the Council of Governors induction while Odinga was heading to Machakos County for the Azimio Parliamentary group meeting.

The details of the meeting have yet to be revealed by either of the two or their respective communication teams but credible sources said the pair sat together and conversed for a couple of minutes.

In a Facebook post, the deputy president expressed his excitement in meeting Raila who he described as a “senior citizen.”

“We have tremendous respect for our senior citizens. I was delighted this morning to have a tete a tete with our senior citizen former Prime Minister Rt Hon Raila Amolo Odinga in Mombasa,” Gachagua wrote on his Facebook account.

This is the first time the duo is meeting since the hotly contested Presidential elections.

Their meeting comes just a day after the former Prime Minister accused the Judiciary of favoring the Ruto-Rigathi presidential petition.

In an angry first address, Raila fired salvos toward the judiciary for what he termed as ‘judicial thuggery’.

“They (the judiciary) should not threaten or blackmail people for speaking out… It is our Constitutional Right to say the ruling was not based on any law, it was judicial thuggery,” Raila said.

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