Raila meets Luhya MPs in push for BBI support

Monday, June 8th, 2020 00:00 |
Former Prime Minister, Raila Odinga. Photo/Courtesy

Opposition leader Raila Odinga is yesterday said to have met with politicians from Western Kenya to quell what is building as a revolt in the region, where some leaders have accused him of destabilising their parties.

The four-hour meeting took place at the residence of trade unionist Francis Atwoli in Kajiado county, where Raila is understood to have been accompanied by Senate Minority Leader James Orengo and Suna East MP Junet Mohamed. 

Sources said the Opposition chief is keen on ensuring all his plans are in place ahead of the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) events in Western region in the coming weeks. 

“I was not present at the meeting yesterday but I can was all about western politics.” said an ODM lawmaker.

Meddling claims

The meeting brought together some 40  legislators from the region. Devolution Cabinet Secretary Eugene Wamalwa and Kakamega Governor Wycliffe Oparanya were present, and were tasked to spearhead efforts to consolidate the Luhya vote ahead of the next general election.

Amani National Congress leader Musalia Mudavadi and his Ford Kenya counterpart Moses Wetangula, who have accused Raila of meddling with the region’s politics, skipped the meeting. 

Yesterday’s meeting has been  interpreted as part of the efforts and strategies to rally support for the BBI final report which is due for release. 

The BBI taskforce led by Garissa Senator Yusuf Haji is today expected to retreat to an unidentified location to finalise its report ahead of the expiry of its mandate on June 30.

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