Details have emerged that President Uhuru Kenyatta succumbed to pressure from his mother Mama Ngina Kenyatta, religious leaders and international community concerned over a divided nation,forcing him to out to National Super Alliance (NASA) leader Raila Odinga.
The talks,according to impeccable sources privy to the matter and close to Sunday Standard, began about three weeks ago when the President called Raila.
Since then, there has been a flurry of activities that culminated in the deal on Friday.
The President’s close family — including his mother and former First Lady Mama Ngina and younger brother Muhoho — have been keen on Uhuru’s legacy, which to them would only be achieved with a united country.
The source said the Kenyatta family had sent fillers to the ex-Prime Minister. Also instrumental in the deal was Raila’s wife Ida Odinga, who is said to have been reluctant to have Raila sworn in as ‘People’s President’ on January 30.
After the Friday talks, the President elected to appoint a senior spy, Ambassador Martin Kimani who heads the National Counter Terrorism Centre, to fine tune the dialogue with Raila’s ally and lawyer Paul Mwangi.
Some Jubilee insiders had been pushing for the President to approach Wiper leader Kalonzo Musyoka, but the President opted to talk to Raila.
In the dark
On Saturday, NASA co-principal Musalia Mudavadi intensified the war within the Opposition terming Friday’s meeting as a two-people affair. “For the record, and on the basis of the statement released, I can categorically state that the meeting was between two individuals.”
“It does not bear the imprint of NASA Summit as it ought to be. It was not processed through the NASA structures. Indeed, nowhere does the MOU allude to or mention NASA, including the signing off. Instead, the two repeatedly invoke their names and personally commit to each other and not to all Kenyans,” Mudavadi said.
Welcoming the unity, Kenya National Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KNCCI) Chairman Kiprono Kittony said it will boost the business environment.