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Salim Lone Raila's adviser issues worrying statement over deal with Uhuru

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The two leaders met last week Friday.

play President Uhuru Kenyatta and Raila Odinga. (PSCU/File)

Opposition Chief Raila Odinga's special advisor Salim Lone on Wednesday hinted that Mr Odinga would pull out of the deal he sealed with President Uhuru Kenyatta last week Friday, if it will not yield fruits.

In statement seen by pulselivekenya, Mr Lone clarified that Mr Odinga wasn’t naïve enough to “to belief that the success of the deal was guaranteed,” even after numerous Nasa lawmakers backed the talk, which saw the creation of a special office.

“Raila will continue fighting for the goals his base ardently seeks. He is not naïve enough to believe that success is guaranteed, and will of course immediately call it off if it is not yielding results,” said Mr Lone in a statement, which reads in part.

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Mr Lone termed as utter nonsense, sentiments from a section of lawmakers who have speculated theta the decision by Mr Odinga to hold talks with the Head of State at was “purely out of motives to neutralize other political leaders”.

He hit out at the lawmakers, arguing that the fact that the three Nasa co-principals – Musalia Mudavadi, Moses Wetangula and Kalonzo Musyoka – should not be used to insinuate that the coalition was on its knees, amid calls by a section of ODM leaders to dismantle the coalition.

play NASA coalition spokesman Salim Lone with strategist Adams Oloo at the Okoa Kenya offices earlier. (Courtesy)

 

“Some are postulating that Raila moved to work with Uhuru to neutralize other political leaders. This is utter nonsense. Political realignments are inevitable after this profound shift in Raila’s strategy, but those were not his motivation for this initiative,” he said.

Attack on Kalonzo

Mr Lone also moved to defend Mr Kalonzo against escalating attacks on the Wiper leader, who has been on the receiving end since he missed the mock swearing-in ceremony at Uhuru Park on January 30.

“It’s also utterly counterproductive for Raila’s supporters to attack leaders who are not attacking or undermining him.

“Kalonzo Musyoka has stood with him through two tough election cycles and withstood enormous pressures to abandon Raila. We need to respect all those who genuinely disagree with him but are not fighting his last great effort for a much better Kenya,” he said.

play President Uhuru Kenyatta and Nasa leader Raila Oidnga. (PSCU/File)

President Uhuru Kenyatta and Opposition chief Raila Odinga held talks last week Friday and agreed to launch an office whose role would be to coordinate the implementation of common objectives of  the two leaders.

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