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Raila Hosts Presidential Aspirants Amid Betrayal Talk

by Robert Mwangi
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ODM leader Raila Odinga on Thursday, 18th February, hosted two presidential hopefuls.

Makueni Governor Kivutha Kibwana and former United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (Unctad) Secretary-General Mukhisa Kituyi paid the ex-Prime Minister a courtesy call at his Karen home in Nairobi.

Siaya Senator James Orengo was present during the meeting that Raila simply described as a catching-up by old friends.

“Brunch with my long-time allies Governor Kivutha Kibwana and Daktari Mukhisa Kituyi. Senator James Orengo also showed up.

“Good seeing Daktari Kituyi after such a long time away from home,” he said.

From Left: Kivutha Kibwana, Raila Odinga, Mukhisa Kituyi and James Orengo.

Though, the details of the meeting remained scanty, politics could not be ruled out.

Both Kibwana and Kituyi have expressed interest in succeeding President Uhuru Kenyatta.

Kituyi, a former Trade Minister during the first term of Mwai Kibaki when the economy of the country spurred, resigned from Unctad recently and came back to Kenya last Sunday to focus on his presidential bid.

He insisted that he is not allied to any political faction.

However, the former Kimilili MP said he was ready to work with like-minded leaders.

Kibwana, on the other hand, has been leaning towards Deputy President William Ruto and is a critic of the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI), which was initiated by Raila and President Uhuru Kenyatta.

Whether the three will forge ahead and produce a joint presidential candidate is not clear yet.

Meanwhile, unconfirmed reports indicate that President Kenyattta‘s men are working on how to betray Raila once the BBI referendum goes through.

Allies of the President reportedly prefer ANC leader Musalia Mudavadi or Wiper’s Kalonzo Musyoka to Raila’s presidential candidature.

Kalonzo and Mudavadi as well as Ford-Kenya boss Moses Wetang’ula and Gideon Moi of Kanu have been traversing the country together, hinting at a possible alliance.

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