Drama in Meru as Raila locked out of BBI strategy meeting

Drama as Raila Locked out of Meru BBI strategy meeting
From Left; Nyandarua Governor Francis Kimemia, ODM Leader Raila Odinga and Meru Governor Kiraitu Murungi arriving at the Mt Kenya delegates meeting on Friday, February 28 |Photo Courtesy

A BBI strategy meeting in Meru was temporarily disrupted when delegates called for the eviction of ODM leader Raila Odinga calling him an outsider.

Drama began when Raila arrived at the Mt. Kenya delegates meeting on Friday causing a stir among the attendees who called for his eviction.

The meeting had been called to harmonize BBI draft proposals from the different regions of Mt. Kenya.

Unlike in the past where Raila had participated in drafting the proposals with the delegates from other regions, Mt. Kenya proved to be a hostile ground for the enigma of politics after delegates demanded that Raila be locked out since they were discussing Mt. Kenya issues.

“We need order, let’s listen to Canon Karanja, give his views,” the MC is heard in a video doing rounds trying to calm down the attendees in vain.

In one instance, a middle-aged, man is heard telling those who did not wish to see Raila in the meeting to walk out.

The statement seems to have irked majority of the attendees who only got louder demanding that Raila leave the meeting.

“This meeting is for Mt Kenya people and we will only talk on issues affecting Mt.Kenya. Raila should leave this meeting immediately” another man stated as some supported him.

As the demands for Raila’s eviction got louder, delegates who were present including Kirinyaga governor Ann Waiguru and his Meru counterpart Kiraitu Murungi could not hide their embarrassment as they saw Raila leave in a huff.

The delegates met at KEMU grounds ahead of the Meru BBI rally this Saturday.

Other leaders present included, Kiambu Governor James Nyoro, Nyandarua Governor Francis Kimemia among other MPs and Senators from the region.

Yesterday’s eviction of Raila was a litmus taste to Raila’s pursuit of Mt. Kenya votes and might just be an indicator of what to expect in Saturday’s Meru BBI rally.

Just a fortnight ago, a group of Meru youth had warned Raila Odinga against attending the Meru BBI rally saying the issues to be conversed are those affecting the people of Mt. Kenya and leaders from other regions have no business attending.

The Meru rally will also put to the test the purported unity drive propagated by the BBI proponents as the meeting brings together the Kieleweke and TantaTanga factions in what might proved to be a hostile ground to the former.

Despite spirited efforts by the Mt. Kenya BBI proponents to paint a picture of Mt. Kenya’s support for the BBI, they need to do more if going by yesterday’s events is anything to go by.

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