The directors of Uhuru, Raila and OKA during a late night meeting at the State House
President Uhuru Kenyatta met with Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) leader Raila Odinga and One Alliance Kenya (OKA) leaders on Monday (January 17) at a banquet held in honor of the visiting Hungarian President, Janos Adder.
Although details of the meeting have not been made public, a dispatch from the Presidential Strategic Communication Unit (PSCU) confirmed that Gideon Moi, Moses Wetangula, Musalia Mudavadi and Kalonzo Musyoka were all present.
The leaders had been invited by the president for the dinner which took place in the night.
President Uhuru Kenyatta and ODM leader Raila Odinga at State House on Monday, January 17, 2022.
ANC leader Musalia Mudavadi, ICT Cabinet Secretary Joe Mucheru and other dignitaries at State House on Monday January 17.
But this is not the first time the heads of Odinga and OKA have met President Kenyatta at State House, with previous interactions having ruffled political feathers.
The Monday night meeting comes days after OKA executives skipped a luncheon held at State House on January 13, despite invitations.
Speaking to reporters on January 14, Wetangula revealed that they received the invites after making other plans.
“We were engaged in party activities elsewhere. Remember, it’s the countdown to the election. For heaven’s sake, every party leader has a busy schedule.
“You probably have people who have come all the way from Mandera to see you in Nairobi, surely you can’t ditch them for a lunch. You have to take care of them because they are the future of your party. We have received the invitations and we have no difficulty meeting the president, we have met him before and we will meet him in the future.” Wetangula explained.
On January 15, Mudavadi caused jitters after skipping an OKA retreat held in Naivasha. The leader of the ANC explained that he could not attend the meeting because he was organizing the National Conference of delegates of his party which will be held on January 23.
Kenyatta has openly declared his support for Odinga’s presidential candidacy, with experts believing he could influence OKA to join the Azimio La Umoja movement.
President Uhuru Kenyatta with ODM leader Raila Odinga, National Assembly Majority Leader Amos Kimunya and Senate Majority Leader Samuel Poghisio and Senate Deputy Speaker Margaret Kamara at State House on Thursday January 13, 2022.
At the State House banquet on January 17, President Uhuru hailed the close ties between Kenya and Hungary while lamenting the low trade volumes over the past five decades despite the huge trade potential that exists.
He also revealed that Kenya was counting on the support of Hungary to unlock the economic partnership agreement between the East African Community and the European Union.
“To address the low trade volumes, we must intensify our efforts to promote closer ties and networks between the private sector and business communities in both countries; and encourage them to take advantage of existing economic opportunities. in our respective countries,” he said. .
For his part, Hungarian President Janos Ader commended the Uhuru government for its commitment to improving the lives of Kenyans through transformational development programs and expressed optimism that the current pace of development will continue beyond the present. tenure of President Kenyatta.
“What I wish for you, Mr. President, as you will be handing over in August, is that during these remaining six months, you will have enough time and enough strength to prepare all these (development) programs and launch them. .
“I want your successor to have the same enthusiasm and drive to carry out all these (development) programs as you did, Mr. President,” President Ader said.