President Uhuru Kenyatta, his deputy William Ruto and former Prime Minister Raila Odinga on Saturday held an impromptu visit in Kisumu for the first time.
Details of Uhuru, Ruto and Raila secret meeting and visit to Kisumu
The trio visited Kisumu after attending Dr. Jyce Laboso's burial on Saturday
The trio made their way to the Kisumu inland port in a lean convoy, moving almost undetected and checked on the progress of the ongoing rehabilitation works at the facility ahead of its launch this month.
Nation reports that after the visit to the Kisumu port, the trio headed to Kisumu State Lodge where it is believed that they held talks on matters of national interest over meals.
Typical of previous visits by Mr Kenyatta and Mr Odinga's to the port, the trio used unofficial cars with lean security detail and no traffic clearance.
While DP Ruto was visiting the inland port for the first time, President Kenyatta and the Opposition chief have visited the facility multiple times and are keen on relaunching it to revive Kisumu’s lost glory as a commercial hub in the region.
The low-key visit came shortly after attending the burial of Dr. Joyce Laboso in Koru where messages of servant leadership, peace and unity dominated.
DP Ruto's change of heart
While speaking at the event, DP Ruto who has on numerous occasions criticized the unity between Odinga and Kenyatta stated that he supports the peace pact.
“I want to assure my brother Raila Odinga that we are going to work together under the leadership of President Uhuru Kenyatta to ensure the country is united,” Ruto said.
Dr. Ruto has been a vocal critic of the deal which resulted in a split in Jubilee and is on record accusing Mr Odinga of harbouring ill intentions and scheming to scuttle the ruling Jubilee Party.
It saw the emergence of two groups: One christened Tangatanga and allied to the DP and Kieleweke that is in support of the unity pact between Odinga and Mr. Kenyatta.
While Team Kieleweke believes that the unity pact was a selfless act for the benefit of the country, team Tangatanga claims Mr Odinga is out to scuttle Mr Ruto’s 2022 presidential ambitions.
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