Wednesday May 27, 2020 – Former Prime MinisterRaila Odinga has dismissed talk of a looming ‘nusu mkate’ Government as misguided.
Speaking during an interview with the media, Raila said he is not negotiating for a coalition Government with President Uhuru Kenyatta, but hinted at sweeping political changes before the end of the year.
According to Raila, neither the President’s Jubilee Party nor ODM had approached the other over the possibility of forming a coalition before the next General Elections.
“I want to make it clear that Jubilee has not asked us to join Government as a coalition partner.”
“We also have never discussed such a thing with them.”
“What brings us together is the handshake and the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI),” said Raila.
His statement comes amid speculation that he was in talks with President Kenyatta to have members of his party incorporated in a Government of National Unity to consolidate their unity after their March 9th, 2018 handshake.
There has been talk in political corridors that the President’s decision to sign a coalition deal with KANU could be an indication of a wider scheme to form a Government of national unity as a launching pad for the Uhuru succession battle.
However, Raila insisted that his friendship with Uhuru will be there for the long haul.
He declined to state whether he will contest for the Presidency in 2022.
“I have not said I am going to contest in 2022.”
“What the president and I are doing now is to unite the country and bring necessary changes through the BBI,” he said.
“We have two years to go.”
“Right now, we are busy with economic recovery and the BBI.”
The Kenyan DAILY POST