President Uhuru Kenyatta is expected to meet with ODM leader Raila Odinga and the One Kenya Alliance (OKA) force in Mombasa today (Wednesday) for further talks.
The meetings are part of Mr Kenyatta’s efforts to unite and bring back a presidential candidate in next year’s elections.
It comes at a time when Vice President William Ruto criticized the team for trying to come together and deal with them when they have no plan for the country.
“They are trying to find ways to prevent failure. But they do not understand that Kenyans are looking for who has an agenda and a plan for unemployment and how to improve business and change lives,” he said.
” You will not find a way out unless you have an agenda and a plan that Kenyans can afford coz that’s what Kenyans are looking for .”
“You can’t say you want to meet so Ruto won’t win, how can I not beat you when you don’t have a plan that Kenyans are looking for and we have?”
He said the only way the opposition brigade has to get a better deal, is not to seek unity against him.
Dr Ruto was addressing Tharaka Nithi County officials at his Karen residence on Tuesday, shortly before Mr Odinga and the OKA team left for Mombasa for today’s meeting.
OKA brings together Kalonzo Musyoka (Wiper), Musalia Mudavadi (ANC), Moses Wetang’ula (Ford Kenya) and Gideon Moi (Kanu).
Talks with various party officials from Jubilee, ODM, ANC and Ford Kenya confirmed that the leaders would meet with President Mombasa at the State House on Wednesday for a follow-up meeting last week, during which President Kenyatta reportedly asked to support Mr Odinga.
“Yes, the leaders have returned to Mombasa. The meeting was scheduled,” Jubilee general secretary Raphael Tuju said.
His ODM counterpart, Edwin Sifuna, also confirmed the meeting but did not provide details.
ODM Chief Electoral Officer Junet Mohammed said: “Yes, the meeting is taking place today. I think these are the same issues that were discussed earlier.”
Ford Kenya Organizing Secretary Chris Mandu also confirmed today’s meeting in Mombasa with the OKA team, but insisted it was theirs and not the State leader’s.
” It’s true our directors went to Mombasa for a scheduled meeting,” Mandu said.
On Tuesday, a meeting of the Jubilee National Party (NMC) Executive Committee and the party’s parliamentary leadership approved plans for a coalition with ODM and called on its secretariat to formalize the agreement.
This came as Mr Odinga launched his Nakuru candidacy when OKA leaders also pledged to support one of them for the presidency in next year’s elections.
Many sources have suggested that Tuesday’s Jubilee meeting and Mr Odinga’s ceremony in Nakuru were approved by President Kenyatta who they say favors the ODM leader as his successor.
“You have to read between the lines. Political calculations are not about friendship or being a gentleman, but they are informed by numbers. With the power of parliament and even county control in this country, Raila has numbers and those have been made public, so you can’t expect the president to support a candidate without capacity, “said the source.
A source revealed that ODM has always been a “trusted ally” and “a vote for the last person on the Jubilee agenda in parliament, with, but not limited to, the removal of former Nairobi governor Mike Sonko when Wiper got cold”.
“The fact is that ODM remains second in number compared to Jubilee in both houses and this informs our party’s decision to work with those outfits,” he added.
Another source revealed that the Jubilee Party’s decision to formally work with the ODM “should signal the end of a debate on a successor to President Kenyatta. This clearly shows where our priorities lie.
“Now we just want to tell our other friends not to act blind. ” “Read all signs are on display, ”the source added.