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Tuesday, 26 August 2014

WHY UHURU WANTS NATIONAL DIALOGUE NOW THAN BEFORE



Cord leader Raila Odinga could be under pressure from some quarters to slow down the ever rising political temperatures to allow the jubilee administration under President Uhuru Kenyatta to deliver on their campaign pledges.

It was the retired President Mwai Kibaki who demanded that political leaders must stop unnecessary political squabbles but to serve the people of Kenya. This was during the mass for the late Dr. Mungai at Thogoto PCEA Church Kikuyu in Kiambu County.


Analysts say the tone for the conciliatory gesture set by Kibaki who in his remarks asked leaders to work together has been interpreted to mean that even as retired Head of State, he is concerned by the high political temperature brought by Cord’s call for national referendum. “Squabbling amongst yourselves, you will not achieve very much.” Said Kibaki.

Uhuru on his part for the first time after rejecting calls by Cord leaders for national dialogue sent out the olive branch, telling Opposition leader Raila Odinga that he was ready to work with him. Unlike previous meetings where Uhuru and his Jubilee brigades have been attacking Raila over referendum calls, this time Uhuru changed tune and delivered a face-to-face message to Raila.


“I can see my brother Raila here, and I can assure him that I have no problem. I look forward to working with him and I believe that is what Kenyan people want of us. To pull together just like leaders of the past did,” the President said.

Raila has however not reacted to Uhuru’s remarks but ODM sources now say Cord will make a public statement over the same after consultations.