As Kenya’s political landscape continues to shift, President William Ruto and his Deputy Rigathi Gachagua hosted a group of Jubilee party politicians at State House in Nairobi on Monday, January 23. The meeting held ahead of a planned rally by Azimio la Umoja leader Raila Odinga, saw the attendance of both former and current Jubilee MPs, including East Africa Legislation Assembly MP Kanini Kega and Sabina Chege.
In recent days, Deputy President Gachagua had extended an olive branch to Jubilee MPs, urging them to work together despite their political affiliations. “We discussed issues touching on development in the respective areas of representation… Elections are over, and we must work together irrespective of our political affiliation,” Gachagua said in a statement.
Raila Odinga, on the other hand, had urged Kenyans to show up in large numbers at the Kamukunji Baraza as he laid out the interests of the country, particularly after reports of a dossier by a whistleblower on the August 9 presidential election surfaced. The Azimio leadership challenged the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) to allow a forensic audit of its servers for credibility.
President Ruto, however, questioned the motive of the rally and affirmed that the country would not be held hostage by select people. “Those who are against the peace, and unity in the nation and they want to bring us old stories. I want to promise Kenya that we will not allow the country to be a hostage to threats and blackmail from a few people who are looking for their personal interests,” Ruto stated during a church service at Kerugoya stadium, Kirinyaga County.