, TAITA TAVETA, Kenya, Aug 11 – Politicians allied to Wiper Party Leader Kalonzo Musyoka have said that they do not recognise any deal that may have been brokered between President Uhuru Kenyatta and former Prime Minister Raila Odinga in Kampala last week.
The politicians led by former Kibwezi Member of Parliament Kalembe Ndile said the former Vice President should be involved in any discussion regarding state privileges.
“We do not recognise any agreements reached outside Kenya. If you’d like to talk invite Kalonzo and have an all-inclusive discussion. We are not joking around. We are behind Kalonzo and Raila for the long haul,” Ndile said.
He accused the Jubilee Government of playing dirty politics by cutting down on the duo’s security detail and leaving them with only two government vehicles to ferry the said detail.
“Mzee Jomo Kenyatta left us in 1978 and he is still guarded by a battalion of security officers and I’ve never heard of any one of them being recalled. It’s the same thing with Moody Awori. Kijana Wamalwa’s widow still has GSU (General Service Unit) officers ensuring her safety,” Ndile said.
Ndile’s outrage was sparked by speculation that President Kenyatta reached some sort of arrangement with Odinga regarding his state privileges when both were in Kampala last Sunday.
But while the President’s spokesman Manoah Esipisu acknowledged that the two met, he declined to delve into the specifics of their exchange simply stating, “President Kenyatta and Mr. Odinga discussed matters of national interest, including efforts on growing the economy.”
He also simply described the meeting as a, “unique coincidence,” denying allegations that the meeting between the two was arranged by Odinga supporters in a bid to see him retain the privileges he enjoyed while Prime Minister.
“President Kenyatta was in Uganda for a summit of countries contributing troops to the African Union Mission in Somalia; Mr Odinga was in Uganda to attend celebrations marking the 20th anniversary of the ascension to power of the Kabaka (King) of the Buganda tribe,” Esipisu said.
But while State House may deny any knowledge of a compromise struck between the opposition leader and the President, Odinga has of late adopted a reconciliatory stance toward the government with Musyoka embodying more and more the opposition’s disquiet over the state privileges they should be accorded as former leaders of government.