Raila Odinga was on Saturday night hold up in a crisis meeting with some of his henchmen after the Meru BBI anticlimax.
The meeting at a city Hotel that went late into the night, comes after the Meru BBI rally that saw thousands of supporters walked out on Raila while he was speaking.
Raila couldn’t have hoped for a worse day than yesterday when his voice deserted him when he needed it the most to convince the gathering of Mt. Kenya that he was the biblical Joshua to take them to the promised land.
With the stadium empty, a visibly angry Raila was forced to cut short his speech and the rally ended prematurely in an unexpected anticlimax.
According to sources aware with the meeting, Raila is said to have been infuriated by the organizers’ decision to allow TangaTanga adherents an opportunity to address supporters and who ended up stealing the show.
Raila’s crisis meeting was attended by David Murathe, Francis Atwoli, Kanini Kega, and a host of his ODM lieutenants.
Raila is said to have demanded an explanation on how such a mega event that he was supposed to leave a lasting impression backfired despite mobilization by governors from the region.
After the Meru rally, Raila had lunch at the home of Kanini Kega in Nyeri where the idea of the meeting was muted.
Drama ensued in the much-hyped Meru BBI rally when Elgeyo Marakwet senator Kipchumba Murkonen and Moses Kuria walked out after Murkomen had concluded his speech, and thousands of supporters followed en masse leaving the stadium empty.
Wiper party leader Kalonzo Musyoka couldn’t hide the embarrassment when he said, “I see a lot of people have left but it’s okay”.
Former Kiambu governor William Kabogo who also attended the Meru BBI rally has warned the organizers of the BBI meetings to learn fast lest the damage may be irrecoverable.
After the Meru rally, all eyes are set on the Nakuru BBI rally scheduled for next weekend and whether Raila will pull a masterpiece in yet another hostile ground.
With Raila having registered his displeasure during the crisis meeting, BBI proponents are hoping for a better show during next week’s event in Nakuru.