State House has been sent into panic mode following a meeting between opposition leader Raila Odinga and Ruto’s ally Oscar Sudi at a city hotel.
The two leaders met at Pumpkin Restaurant Nairobi for a lunch meeting that lasted close to two hours.
The intrigues of the meeting that has now captured the attention of State machinery was first revealed by blogger Robert Alai on his Facebook page.
Kapseret MP Oscar Sudi would later confirm that indeed he met with Raila at Pumpkin Hotel.
Although Sudi has downplayed the importance of the meeting, dismissing it as a mere lunch event, the covert agenda of the meeting cannot be wished away considering Sudi is a close William Ruto ally and the meeting could not have been just a mere coincidence.
In 2019, Sudi revealed that Raila Odinga approached him four times after the acrimonious 2017 elections to craft a working relationship with William Ruto.
National Assembly minority leader and Raila’s confidant Junet Mohammed has also downplayed the meeting urging their supporters no to read to much politics.
After the Raila-Sudi meeting, it was curious how Mbadi and Junet led the ODM troops in Parliament in castigating President Uhuru and calling for his resignation.
Could Raila be running out of patience with the handshake? This are questions his supporters are asking as the clock ticks to 2022. Sources within the ODM circles have intimated to Daily Star that Raila is getting weary and jittery with the handshake as days go by and is contemplating bolting out of the barn.
The misery has not been made any better by the Covid-19 pandemic that has taken away most of the precious time Raila was banking on to push for a referendum.
At the center of Raila’s fears according to sources, is that there has been nothing to write home about the handshake more than two years down the line.
It’s also believed that Raila is beginning to get suspicious with Uhuru’s coyness with no tangible benefit. Raila secretly harbors the feeling that Uhuru is taking him nowhere and did not shy away from telling Sudi.
Political Scientist Prof. Herman Manyora has termed the relationship between Uhuru and Raila to be like that of man who showers his girlfriend with expensive gifts for years without proposing.
Raila is reported to have told the Kapseret legislator that Uhuru cannot be trusted with any pack having thrown Ruto under the bus.
Raila’s revelation coupled with ODM MPs call for Uhuru resignation are likely to be the last stroke that will kill the handshake.
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With less than two years to the general election, Raila has not achieved anything tangible from the handshake. The BBI report and the call for a plebiscite seem to have succumbed to Covid-19 complications.