The home of COTU secretary-general once again played host to proponents of the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) and the handshake team, on Sunday. For the first time, the meeting was attended by Kanu chairman Gideon Moi, who is being roped in to represent the Rift Valley – By Enock Mukoma.
Peter Kenneth, who follows Jubilee kingpin Uhuru closely to take over Mount Kenya, is now a common attendee of the meetings.
In attendance were; vocal Jubilee Vice Chair David Murathe, Senate Minority Leader James Orengo, National Assembly Minority whip Junet Mohamed, National Assembly deputy majority whip Maoka Maore and Tiaty MP William Kamket.
The agenda? BBI ,2022 politics and the senate contested third generation revenue allocation formulae.
The visit comes after earlier meetings that have led to statements that raise political guesses and debates., with one such statement being Murathes’ “Mandela moment”, endorsement of ODM leader Raila Odinga 2022 presidency.
“We think it’s time Kenyans rewarded the years of struggle of Raila Amollo Odinga. They owe it to him. It’s like Mandela, and 2022 will be a Mandela Moment.” Murathe said
The Jubilee vice chair and a fierce critic of deputy president William Ruto is on record denouncing Jubilee and Mount Kenya’s support of Ruto presidency. His remarks came on the back of a previous (now ditched) Uhuru declarations of Ruto 10 years after him in the 2017 campaigns, where Ruto was to be the automatic Uhurus successor in 2022.
Atwoli, whose influence in the country’s political landscape has been growing, also backed Murathes’ endorsement.
Sources indicate efforts by the team to woo more senators in support of the third generation formulae before the senate on Monday.
Details from yesterday’s meeting were scanty, but the presence of Gideon Moi and Odingas right hand men is an indication of a political mechanization that will carry the BBI agenda and consequently the 2022 vote.
While in Kisumu on Friday, August 14, former Prime Minister Raila Odinga reiterated their resolve for a united Kenya with President Uhuru Kenyatta.
“I have stated time and again that my brother, Uhuru Kenyatta, and I won’t talk about the 2022 general election until we reach that bridge.
For now, Uhuru and I are focusing on building this nation and fixing where we went wrong. I am committed to addressing the current problems facing us as a nation,” said Odinga in reaction to a question on, David Murathe sentiments.