Moment of truth as Raila attends NASA crisis meeting

Moment of truth as Raila attends NASA crisis meeting

The Kenyan government on Monday restored the security detail of opposition leaders and lawmakers, days after President Uhuru Kenyatta and opposition leader Raila Odinga agreed on a unity deal.

The opposition leader's lieutenants had also remained non-committal on whether Mr. Odinga would join the meeting whose main agenda was set to be the pact with President Kenyatta.

While announcing the formation of the People's Assemblies late previous year, Odinga said the formation will be a broad based forum consisting of elected leaders and the leadership of other sectors of society in particular workers, civil society, religious leaders, women, youth and economic interest groups. "We are therefore in this spirit suspending the People's Assembly process".

Intimating that he may not be running again for the Presidency, he said working together with President Kenyatta would give him the chance to forge electoral reforms between now and 2022, which would be to the advantage of his three colleagues who harbour State House ambitions.

Exasperated by Mr Odinga's lone ranger antics, the co-principals met for the first time late on Sunday to review the events of the week and plot a response.

Mr Odinga assured his co-principals that President Kenyatta has demonstrated willingness to work with the Opposition and will not renege on his promise.

ANC Secretary-General Barrack Muluka said the decision by Mr Odinga to close ranks with Mr Kenyatta was not a surprise "as that has been his style of politics, and Nasa must now come to terms with the fact that it has lost one of its kingpins to Jubilee".

However, at 15 minutes past noon Mr. Odinga's convoy pulled up at the Stoni Athi resort and he was accompanied by Siaya Senator James Orengo.

ODM has the majority of ward representatives from Nasa affiliate parties. "Stoking and threatening violence are not acceptable, nor are extra-Constitutional measures to seize power", they said, apparently referring to Mr Odinga's "People's President" push.