Raila meets with Nairobi 'Small Business Community' [PHOTOS]

He has briefed them of the handshake.

This comes amid expectations of the would be outcomes of the 14-member team dubbed ‘Handshake Team’ kicked off its meetings on Thursday.

Odinga’s meeting with Gikuyu, Embu, and Meru Association (GEMA) could spark yet another political controversy given most of the region's leaders in the recent past have declared unwavering support to DP Ruto ahead of 2022.

Just after the meeting, Mr Odinga said that he briefed them on the Handshake with President Uhuru Kenyatta. The group pledged to champion Handshake agenda at the grassroots, he said via Twitter.

"H.E. with members of the Nairobi Gema small business community who hosted him for breakfast meeting today at a Nairobi Hotel. He briefed them on the Handshake. The group pledged to champion Handshake agenda at the grassroots," ODM party tweeted after the meeting.

Meanwhile, the 14-member team of advisers to oversee the implementation of the deal between President Uhuru Kenyatta and Opposition leader Raila Odinga met for the first time on Thursday, signaling the start of a process that might see far-reaching changes to the Constitution.

Mr Odinga has pegged the success of the March 9 deal on the amendment of the Constitution to restructure the presidency, as well as introduce a third tier of devolution to bring in 14 regions to oversee the distribution of resources to the 47 counties.

The team, selected two weeks ago, and which has a secretariat manned by lawyer Paul Mwangi for Mr Odinga and Martin Kimani for President Kenyatta, had lunch with Mr Odinga at a Nairobi hotel.

Earlier on Thursday, Mr Odinga held a meeting with Mau Mau Veterans led by spokesperson Gitu Wa Kahengeri at his Capitol Hill office. Mr Gitu would later say that he offered the support of the veterans community for the Building Bridges Initiative between Mr Odinga and President Kenyatta.


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