Political maturity: Fierce Kenyan political rivals Uhuru and Raila meet for national unity

NAIROBI; KENYA: Coalition for Reforms and Democracy (CORD) leaders Raila Odinga and Kalonzo Musyoka held a three-hour long face-to-face meeting with President Uhuru Kenyatta at State House.

The meeting has been billed as the most significant political development since the inauguration of the fourth President.

On Saturday’s meeting is likely to send a strong signal that will ease political temperatures ahead of the official opening of the 11th Parliament and the Senate.

This is the second time Uhuru and Raila are meeting since the March 4 General Election. The first meeting is reported to have taken place at the Muthaiga home of a city businessman.

The meeting comes at a time President Uhuru and Deputy President William Ruto are crafting a Cabinet that will reflect the face of Kenya.

Personal security

Although other details of the meeting remain scanty, sources close to Uhuru, Raila, Kalonzo and Ruto who also attended, hinted to The Standard On Sunday that discussions revolved around personal security of the CORD leaders and possible settlement of their retirement packages.

The latest development contradicts suggestions and claims that plans were afoot to have some CORD allied MPs and Senators to resign, to accommodate Raila and Kalonzo in either of the two Houses.

The meeting, which took place from 10am at State House, was made public a day after our sister paper, The Standard On Saturday exclusively detailed a series of political overtures and meetings between the two sides. The meeting also came a day ahead of the retreat of CORD elected members, which kick off in Naivasha on Sunday.

Kajiado South MP Joseph Nkaissery, who doubles up as deputy Secretary General of Raila’s Orange Democratic Movement (ODM), seemed to have been in the picture. He hinted to The Standard On Sunday that the CORD principals were “too senior” to return to Parliament.

“They can still play their leadership role from outside, including rejuvenating the Opposition and planning ahead of the next elections. Otherwise, CORD is not short of competent stewards who can head operations from Parliament and Senate,” he said.

See details here

RB had nothing to do with trucks, it's Kelvin Sampa
Board members expose Clive Chirwa, it's him demanding K248 m a month, K72m rent

62 Responses to "Political maturity: Fierce Kenyan political rivals Uhuru and Raila meet for national unity"

  1. FRASTRUTED HH   April 18, 2013 at 14:26


  2. Straight Talk Zambia   April 17, 2013 at 18:11

    Those that have followed political and public sector management reforms in Kenya will agree with me that Kenya is on a verge of a breakthrough to political maturity and socio-economic success. In 2011, I witnessed the live vetting of the Chief Justice, Deputy Chief Justice and Attorney General. It was so good to see that happen in Africa. I surely see Kenya progressing further than most African countries. Of course they need to address the same ills of corruption, unequal distribution of wealth, and ethnicity to foster unity. I wish them all the best. I think that their leaders are focusing and expending their energies on the right things.

  3. PF Killer   April 17, 2013 at 17:34

    Imwe ba chimbwi followers, your Sata can’t even engage with journalists and yet you expect him to go in a mature discussion with Nevers let alone HH.

    Who yaps about Never’s hair cut?
    Who yaps about HH’s money?
    Who yaps about dry grass at statehouse?
    Who yaps about Fack in parliament?
    Who yaps about peoples private wealth?
    Who yapped about Tanzania and Malawi to go ahead to war?

    Unless the definition of maturity has changed it is a long time in hell before you consider this Sata a mature leader.

    • kangombo   April 17, 2013 at 19:27

      Its yu whoz chimbwi!

  4. The Servant   April 17, 2013 at 16:53

    It is the death of thousands of civilians during the last elections that has humbled these leaders and also the ICC issue. They have total respect for each other because if they dont, a spark is all what is needed to engulf the whole country through tribal war. Do we need to fight first before we start respecting each other in this country or we can do it without tribal fighting?

    • Ministry of home affairs   April 20, 2013 at 10:54

      Would you want Zambia to go the same way?

  5. SACROSANCT   April 17, 2013 at 16:35

    “Crafting a cabinet that will reflect the face of Kenya”. Absolutely correct! In Zambia its a Cabinet reflecting the face of Bembas and the belly of a 100 deputy ministers! What a joke of a country.

  6. Wallace   April 17, 2013 at 16:27

    Zambians tend to have a short memory. Kenyans have admired our democracy unlike the violence that characterizes their elections, us we are peaceful no wonder they invited RB. If anything they re learning from us……..

    • SACROSANCT   April 17, 2013 at 16:38

      Ati learning from us! My foot! Learning how to have a tribal cabinet. Grow up!

    • Kabalagala Sam   April 17, 2013 at 17:59

      Learning how to vote senile “leaders” whose ideas belong to the analogue generation?!

  7. Mike   April 17, 2013 at 16:03

    ” A Dictatorship requires its citizens to be DOCILE and finds it expedient to make OUTCASTS of those who do not CONFORM”

  8. sos   April 17, 2013 at 14:53

    opposition parties in zambia are like an headless chicken. No agenda ,nothing to bring to the table,all they see is one party state in a democratic nation

    • shamutonko   April 17, 2013 at 18:56

      @ an headless chicken……kekekkekekekeeke! u cracked my Ribs.lol

  9. Uhuru   April 17, 2013 at 14:52

    Uhuru was born in 1961 close to the 21st Century. He is a DIGITAL President. Your Sata is an ANALOGUE President born in 1937 close to the 19th Century. The first is modern . The latter is Primitive!

  10. ST. DESPERATIOUS   April 17, 2013 at 14:23

    Maturity indeed, even Sata and HH meet and laugh at funerals don’t they?

    • zakaro   April 17, 2013 at 17:19

      Where iwe chikala?

  11. voters card   April 17, 2013 at 14:17

    Like the pic on thefront page of the post, very romantic!

    • Controlling the Poor's Finances   April 17, 2013 at 15:54

      I don’t think his former wives will agree with you… :)

  12. gray moonga   April 17, 2013 at 13:51

    HH and MUMBA learn something from UHURU and RAILA please.

    • Mpongo Muleya   April 17, 2013 at 14:10

      Its PF to learn something from the Kenyan situation.

  13. miseshi mindolo   April 17, 2013 at 13:48

    In Kenya,they are are having meetings. In Zambia they are praying for sata to die. shame especially for the tribal grouping calling itself a party.

    • eagle's eye   April 17, 2013 at 14:18

      In Zambia, the P.F wants to create a one party state by poaching all opposition M.P.s

    • CHIEF JUSTICE M'MEMBE   April 17, 2013 at 14:36

      Kenyatta took the lead in calling for the meeting but here in Zambia our President is busy mocking the opposition as “baldheads’ and “under fives”. The President should set the pace on real national reconciliation and not constant witch hunting of RB.

      • Considerate   April 19, 2013 at 16:43

        Uhuru is Kikuyu, Ruto is Kalenjin the other two Odinga and Kalonzo Mushioka are Luo and Kamba respectively. Ask about the Luos and Kikuyu relationships. Even marrying is a mountain to climb.

    • Considerate   April 19, 2013 at 16:39

      Hope you know Kenya a lot. Trible divisions are too much there.

  14. gray moonga   April 17, 2013 at 13:45


    • Kabalagala Sam   April 17, 2013 at 18:01

      Should they force themselves on Sata and his clique comprising of Kabimba, Lungu, M’mebe, Nchito et al?!

    • lamba   April 19, 2013 at 10:39

      The onus is sata to learn to unite zambia,from Uhuru not the ancient way oof antagonising opposition.

  15. Fwebamano   April 17, 2013 at 13:38


    • nchonde   April 17, 2013 at 13:45

      Isn’t it Sata who should show maturity? Isn’t he the older of them all and isn’t he the Presindent with ALL the powers in his mighty hands? Let him call for a unity meeting as the Head. Isn’t that what we do as parents (elders)?

    • Wonama   April 17, 2013 at 13:46


    • Controlling the Poor's Finances   April 17, 2013 at 15:55


      If the kill Mmembe. LOL!!!!

      • Controlling the Poor's Finances   April 17, 2013 at 15:56


  16. Lusaka Fire   April 17, 2013 at 13:24

    KK is the worst form of dictator being reincarnated into Ukwa

  17. uncircumcised william   April 17, 2013 at 13:18


    • Lusaka Fire   April 17, 2013 at 13:23

      The initiator of dialogue should be the person holding power because that shows humility. Ukwa is just a dictator just as Kenneth Kaunda was. I guess most people are too young or have selective amnesia with regards to what people went through regarding KK’s dictatorship

    • eagle's eye   April 17, 2013 at 13:24

      K.K must stay out this equation the way Moi has done in Kenya because he is such a divisive figure. Besides, his time is up.

      • Considerate   April 19, 2013 at 16:46

        Moi is Kalenjin, so is Ruto. Dick deeper. I stop.

  18. Kozo   April 17, 2013 at 13:12

    Congrats Uhuru Kenyata. We thank you for showing maturity, politics of hatred are long gone. For the sake of peace and security in the nation this is the way to go not sebanya other leaders the way we do it here is not good for the nation at all.

  19. Bolingo   April 17, 2013 at 13:07

    How can we have maturitybpolitics in zambia when all our major opposition polical partis are vindictiv,jelous,more interested in going to state house at all cost to an extent were by they dont care even if zambia faces international sanctions by trying to paint an image to the international community that does not exist in zambia and an opposition that swallows its vomit three years ago they were against Rupiahs corruption today they are in favour of Rupiahs corruption.

    • CHIEF JUSTICE M'MEMBE   April 17, 2013 at 14:39

      Have you heard of Uhuru harassing the opposition by locking them up on silly charges? Does Uhuru spend his time plotting with petty people on how to “fix” former Presidents and future Presidents? Tension in Zambia will continue rising until the captain of the ship shows some maturity.

  20. The Silent One   April 17, 2013 at 13:03

    Uhuru Kenyatta and Raila Odinga must have reflected on the blood-letting of the previous elections. From the lessons of the past, they appear to have learnt the value of self sacrifice when national interests clash with personal desires. Yes, leaders who value their country more than their egos know when it is the right time to put their swords aside. Personally, I feel proud of former president Rupiah Bwezani Banda for being among those that helped our brothers and sisters in Kenya to have peaceful elections.

  21. Kr   April 17, 2013 at 13:03

    Today not even one comment I made has been published o.

  22. Kr   April 17, 2013 at 12:58

    Congrats Uhuru Kenyata. This is a sign of maturity, politics of hatred are long gone. People should learn to co-exist, not sebanya each other like the case in Zambia.

  23. Akamunofu Kalowa   April 17, 2013 at 12:55

    I am glad Kenya is learning from Zambia. Remember how united our leaders were during AFCon 2012?

    We have since gone further to allow our beloved former President (RB) to prove his innocence in the Courts over Corruption allegations so that he can enjoy his retirement in Peace

    • mk   April 17, 2013 at 13:46

      True. Just as we shall avail the current president, his wife, Wynter before the GJTI to prove their innocence.

  24. voters card   April 17, 2013 at 12:50

    Hichilema and Mumba should take a leaf from this!

    • Lusaka Fire   April 17, 2013 at 13:06

      Ukwa must show humility and accommodate opposition leaders and not the other way round. PF and its minions want to eliminate all forms of opposition in the country. Opposition leaders are needed as can be seen when Mwanawasa accepted Ukwa’s visit after Ukwa was discharged from a South African hospital

    • Wonama   April 17, 2013 at 13:48


    • isaac   April 17, 2013 at 14:05


      • eagle's eye   April 17, 2013 at 14:29

        has Obama ever been a Councillor before? Or Mwanawasa or FTJ or indeed Kaunda himself. Sata is the only president who has been a Councillor before and it shows in the way he does things.He thinks qualifies him to be president but it has proved such a disaster.

  25. Kombwe   April 17, 2013 at 12:47

    Inspired by RB. Thumbs up mdala

  26. simbwindibwi   April 17, 2013 at 12:36

    I see Thabo Mbeki holding Madiba by the hand everytime Madiba is hospitalised. Now we see Uhuru and Odinga together, for us we think its a sign of weakness. Lets become civilized as well rather than going to Japan and educating them on how uncivilised and practise politics of modern time

  27. kelly   April 17, 2013 at 12:30

    “he latest development contradicts suggestions and claims that plans were afoot to have some CORD allied MPs and Senators to resign, to accommodate Raila and Kalonzo in either of the two Houses.”

    This is what we fear with this type of electing MPs where people may be forced to resign and leave the seats for the ones who came second without a bye election. it means these politicians can team up and bring the same elements you rejected to become your rulers. Gentlemen and ladies no money will be served here as this will abuse us and serve politicians better. the danger in this system is real than in our old system

  28. QUESTIONER   April 17, 2013 at 12:18

    This is what you get from serious governments whose objective is to move the country foreward. Back home, we have egocentric chaps in government who think have the monopoly of knowledge and in the process have ended up exposing their incompetences. Our country has been degenerating because of these PF thugs in government.

    • Sikimbinyi   April 17, 2013 at 14:26

      They have even alienated certain provinces, especially the three namely North-Western, Southern and Western.

  29. Bread   April 17, 2013 at 12:06

    Is Sata under five? Since he is the manipulator and aggressor.

  30. Ngilingindo   April 17, 2013 at 12:04

    thts the way to go..not this drama we are seeing in Zambia,..useless…

  31. Fwebamano   April 17, 2013 at 12:01


    • Wonama   April 17, 2013 at 13:57

      The problem is that, we ALL (PF & MMD, UPND) to appreciate each other’s point of view.

    • Mpongo Muleya   April 17, 2013 at 14:12

      Continue with your old guards. For me its the old guys that are a problem.

  32. Odya Mphafa   April 17, 2013 at 11:54

    In Zed, Kenyatta would have formed a GJIT to arrest Odinga, lol