Recently reports have emerged that President Uhuru Kenyatta’s camp maybe is slowly plotting to slowly finish off former prime minister Raila Odinga politically.
The reports were fueled after president Uhuru Muigai Kenyatta on Wednesday met Mombasa Governor Ali Hassan Joho, Kilifi Governor Amason Kingi, and Kwale County Governor Salim Mvurya in what many said a move to clip off Odinga’s wings in the Coastal region.
Questions were raised as to whether Raila Odinga was aware of the head of state’s state house meeting with his allies.
The three governors on Wednesday held a surprise meeting with Uhuru at State House Nairobi, which jolted Raila’s camp.
The meeting was said to have caught Raila and his allies off-guard; they already have jitters about Uhuru playing hidden cards to vanquish Raila in his stronghold.
“Truly, Jakom was not briefed before the meeting. He had to call Joho later about it. But they explained the agenda saying it was about coastal development,” a senior ODM official told the Star on condition of anonymity.
Joho is Raila’s deputy in ODM and point man at the Coast. He has declared he will run for president on the Orange Party ticket, while Kingi is planning to unveil is own party.
The latest moves follow ODM’s humiliating loss in the Matungu by-election in which its candidate David Were was floored by ANC’s Peter Nabulindo.
ODM officials had accused the ‘deep state; and Jubilee operatives of propping up ANC in Matungu to weaken Raila’s prospects in the region.
Jubilee has also decided to field a candidate in the Bonchari by-election on May 18 despite ODM’s hopes that Uhuru would drop out of the contest to give them a head start.
Tellingly, Kanu on Thursday announced it had withdrawn its candidate in favour of Jubilee’s Zebedeo Opore, complicating Raila’s game plan to win the seat and strengthen his support in the Gusii region.
“We have pulled out of the elections and want to give Jubilee a sure win in Bonchari,” Gideon, the Baringo senator and Kanu boss, said.
Unsettled by the One Kenya Alliance and fears Raila was falling out of favour within Uhuru’s men, ODM announced it is ready to craft a new alliance.
“Knowing that partnerships are an essential part of our politics, the Orange Democratic Movement is also working on a broader, better and bolder alliance that will shake the country and shape the politics of the land for years to come,” ODM secretary general Edwin Sifuna said.
Details have however emerged that Raila Odinga who has been the Coastal region kingpin was unaware of the meeting between the president and his allies and only knew it later.
It was reported that the Orange Democratic Movement ODM leader became suspicious and had to call Mombasa county boss Hassan Joho to clear air over the same.
John is said to have told Odinga that the State House meeting was a pure discussion on matters of Coastal region developments and not politics as speculated.