Raila hosts 150 Kikuyu leaders, confirms agreement with Uhuru

Details of Raila's meeting

ODM leader Raila Odinga with some of the guests he hosted at his Opoda farm

Former Prime Minister Raila Odinga on Saturday hosted150 Kikuyu leaders drawn from Nakuru and the Mount Kenya region where 2022 succession politics featured prominently.

During the meeting, Odinga did not have kind words for DP Ruto who he compared to a shylock holding Kenya at ransom over a non-existent pre-election agreement with President Kenyatta.

“When they were agreeing with the President, the rest of Kenyans were not party to the deal and therefore he cannot impose his will on Kenyans,” Odinga said.

He slammed the DP for acting as if the 2022 presidency is his birth right, warning that he will not be handed the seat on a silver platter.

“The presidential elections will be open to any Kenyans who qualify. No one should claim he is the one who must get it,” Odinga affirmed.

The ODM party leader further confirmed talks of uniting the country with President Uhuru Kenyatta amidst reports of a looming political alliance bringing together Moses Wetangula Musalia Mudavadi, Kalonzo Musyoka and President Kenyatta

"We want to unite Kenyans as one and not one that is divided along tribes. That's what we agreed on with Uhuru,” Odinga confirmed.

"We haven't said we want this or that...Uhuru hasn't said he wants to vie for presidency again. Raila has not said he wants to go and vie for presidency again.

“We have said until we change Kenya first, we want to look at 2017 and see what we can change to root out the evils bedeviling our nation and fight corruption so that we can put up a strong foundation. That's our stand with Uhuru,” he added.

He meeting came barely a day after DP Ruto’s mega rally in Murang’a was postponed for the second time.

Reports indicate that the meeting was called off at the eleventh hour after intervention from the president.

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