ODM leader Raila Odinga yesterday met with President Uhuru’s insiders to discuss the planned pre-election coalition between the ruling party and the opposition.
This comes barely a month after the Jubilee party announced that it had suspended the much-hyped Jubilee-ODM partnership talks for five months as it opts to focus on putting its collapsing house in order.
But on Wednesday, August 4, the former Prime Minister met Jubilee party vice-chair David Murathe and party Secretary General Raphae Tuju who are considered President Uhuru’s insiders.
Speaking moments after the meeting, Jubilee vice-chair David Murathe lauded the recent move by former National Super Alliance principals to dissolve the coalition saying it has given Raila an opportunity to formalize the deal with Jubilee.
“Dissolution of NASA by its former principals has given Raila Odinga’s ODM party an opportunity to enter into a pre-election agreement with Jubilee and other parties,” Murathe said.
Murathe who once said that Raila is the best candidate to face off DP Ruto further revealed that the presidential hopeful is Uhuru’s most preferred presidential candidate.
“I said it before that prepare Jakom (Raila Odinga) to be the fifth president,” he added.
In their apparent bid to not only unite Kenyans but also block William Ruto from occupying the house on the hills, the two parties begun talks that will see them field one presidential candidate to wrestle William Ruto.
Jubilee’s move to unite with ODM has received a hostile reception with Maendeleo Chap Chap party leader Alfred Mutua condemning the move as primitive saying it’s basically anchored on tribalism.
“We have seen people say that are uniting their parties. It is okay and not bad. But in our country, we need coalitions that are based on ideological … coalitions that will bring jobs to Kenyans,
“It is not tribal coalitions… you say let us form a coalition with this leader because he is from that tribe…that is primitive thinking…Ideas that were planted by the colonialists,” Mutua said.