Fresh reports have revealed that President Uhuru Kenyatta first reached out to Opposition leader Raila Odinga three weeks ago.
According to The Standard, the two leaders have been holding talks with close allies for days. Only a few persons in both camps and senior intelligence officials were aware of the talks.
According to a source, President Uhuru had to reach out following immense pressure from various quarters around the world to unite the country.
The President’s close family – including his mother and former First Lady Mama Ngina and younger brother Muhoho have been keen on Uhuru’s legacy, which to them would only be achieved with a united country.
The source said the Kenyatta family had sent fillers to the ex-Prime Minister. Also instrumental in the deal was Raila’s wife Ida, who is said to have been reluctant to have Raila sworn in as people’s president on January 30.
National Super Alliance (NASA) co-principals; Kalonzo Musyoka, Musalia Mudavadi and Moses Wetang’ula said on Friday they were not aware of the meeting between Raila and Uhuru.
The trio in a joint statement released hours after the meet-up, said that they got to learn of the meeting through the press.
“While we have always advocated dialogue, as co-principals of the NASA coalition, we were not privy to the discussions at Harambee House,” read part of their statement.
The co-principals said they would meet on Monday to question Raila on his deliberations with President Uhuru and other political developments.
The President and Raila buried their differences in a move that caught Kenyans by surprise.
Uhuru said that it was time to change the political landscape and focus on moving the country forward.
He added that Kenya was greater than any individual and leaders should come together and discuss freely what ails the country.
Both leaders were in agreement that there was need to bury the hatchet and unite Kenyans.
On his part, the former Prime Minister noted that it was time to self-reflect as a country.
Raila pointed out that the hardline stances that the political class has been clinging on have been detrimental to the country.