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Details of meeting chaired by Kibaki to convince Uhuru Kenyatta to step down

Meeting came in as elections drew closer

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According to an exclusive expose by The Sunday Nation, Kenyatta was summoned to a meeting at State House shortly before a press conference he held at Jeevanjee gardens on December 3, 2012.

At the press conference, Uhuru Kenyatta, William Ruto, and Musalia Mudavadi announced that they would form a coalition for the 2013 general elections.

At the secret meeting, th four influential senior civil servants and security chiefs put a strong case against Mr. Kenyatta’s candidature, convincing him to step don in favour of Mudavadi who was perceived to be “a safe pair of hands”.

Two main reasons fronted were that After the Kibaki presidency, few Kenyans would not be in support of the idea of another Kikuyu Presidency.

Kenyatta’s pending cases at Hague based ICC also formed featured during the talks with the participants stating that he would wade into problems in the diplomatic circles even if he were to win.

Under the proposed arrangement, Mudavadi would run for president with Kenyatta as his deputy.

William Ruto who had already been declared as Uhuru’s running mate was to take up the leader of Majority in parliament.

Mr Kenyatta reportedly agreed with the plans and was even willing to cede the deputy President slot to Ruto but expressed concerns that Ruto would not endorse the plan.

After the meeting, Kenyatta reportedly met Ruto and proceeded to Mudavadi’s house and afterwards held the press conference at Jeevanjee gardens.

Kenyatta would show up a few days later and distance himself from any plans of a coalition with Mudavadi, blaming it on “dark forces”.

Uhuru and Ruto would throw spanner into works in a powerful alliance that carried the day, flooring Musalia Mudavadi and veteran opposition chief Raila Odinga in the 2013 elections.

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