NASA leader Raila Odinga could be warming up for dialogue with President Uhuru Kenyatta few days to his planned inauguration as the ‘People’s President.’
On Wednesday, Odinga’s advisor Salim Lone suggested that his boss has always been ready for dialogue with President Uhuru Kenyatta but there were obvious signals that the later was not ready for available chances of negotiation.
“Mr Odinga has also always been open to a dialogue. Before this election he sought it to ensure that it would be credibly done, but there was no interest in the dialogue nor in holding an honest election,” Lone observed.
Lone added that Odinga was willing to enter into a dialogue “if it is held between equals, as was done in 2008” between President Mwai Kibaki and Raila Odinga.
He sought to debunk the 2008 agreement between retired president Mwai Kibaki and the former prime minister. Lone insisted that at this stage, Raila’s only condition for dialogue with President Uhuru Kenyatta is that there be an agreed agenda.
“This should, unlike in 2008, include electoral justice. Raila is holding the country together through his commitment to pursuing constitutional and peaceful means of resolving issues,” he explained.
The United States has aggressively called for the abandonment of Raila Odinga’s quest to inaugurate himself as president.
“The United States urges opposition leaders to work within Kenya’s laws to pursue the reforms they seek and to avoid extra-constitutional actions such as the proposed inauguration ceremony on December 12. We again call for an immediate, sustained, open, and transparent national conversation involving all Kenyans,” read part of a statement from the US Embassy in Nairobi.
Odinga and his team may have heeded the call for dialogue, Standard reported on Wednesday.
The paper conveyed that as at Wednesday 6 November, there was a growing “alternative thinking” that has gained traction in the Opposition camp.
Sources who spoke to the daily stated that Odinga’s close personal advisers and family members are now interested in securing the personality of the former premier besides shielding his pro-democracy legacy from unnecessary taint.