President Uhuru Kenyatta and opposition chief Raila Odinga on Thursday put on a show of unity in attempts to end weeks of anxiety and claims of mischief and suspicions over the fate of Constitutional Amendment Bill 2020.
The two ‘Handshake’ partners were on a tour of the new Green Park bus terminus and inspected a couple of projects around the city to calm fears in Raila’s camp over possible betrayal.
Raila’s allies have been considering forming an alliance with Deputy President William Ruto to counter Uhuru’s perceived betrayal ahead of the 2022 polls.
Raila’s camp has been jittery over suspicions that Uhuru’s allies were propping up the One Kenya Alliance of Musalia Mudavadi, Kalonzo Musyoka, Moses Wetang’ula and Gideon Moi.
The ODM leaders’ camp has furiously protested unfairness in the distribution of the 70 constituencies proposed in the Constitution of Kenya (Amendment) Bill, 2020 which they argue favours Uhuru’s Central Kenya backyard.
This was the first time Raila was stepping out in public following his battle with Covid-19 that bogged him down three weeks ago, throwing a cloud of uncertainty over the BBI process.
“Thank you, Uhuru, for inviting me to get out, so that Kenyans can see my face. I am happy to see the progress at the Green Park terminus,” Raila said at the new facility.
The ex-PM had on Wednesday tested negative for coronavirus before hosting a high-ranking organ of his party – the Central Management Committee – for a BBI scorecard.
President visited Raila accompanied by at least three people, including former Kiambu Governor William Kabogo to affirm the spirit of harmony and friendship.
State House spokesperson Kanze Dena however did not confirm or deny the Wednesday night meeting.
“No comment,” was all Kanze said when asked whether the President visited Raila’s home.
The President is said to have made a phone call to the ODM boss around 5.30pm communicating his surprise dinner, even a security team lined up along Ngong’ Road to enhance his movement.
At that time, Raila had just arrived from Chungwa House where he had held a consultative meeting with a section of party officials and was in the company of Siaya Senator James Orengo.