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.

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    FRASTRUTED HH 4 years

    BA KALILA…….TULETEKA……UNTIL 2016
    WATCHDOG AND THE CLIQUE HAVE TO COMPLAIN,CRY AND SO FORTH UNTIL 2016 THEN WE SHALL DRIBO U AND GO ON

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    Straight Talk Zambia 4 years

    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.

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    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.

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      kangombo 4 years

      Its yu whoz chimbwi!

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    The Servant 4 years

    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?

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      Ministry of home affairs 4 years

      Would you want Zambia to go the same way?

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    “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.

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    Wallace 4 years

    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……..

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

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      Kabalagala Sam 4 years

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

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    Mike 4 years

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

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    sos 4 years

    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

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      shamutonko 4 years

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

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    Uhuru 4 years

    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!

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    ST. DESPERATIOUS 4 years

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

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      zakaro 4 years

      Where iwe chikala?

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    voters card 4 years

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

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      Controlling the Poor's Finances 4 years

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

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    HH and MUMBA learn something from UHURU and RAILA please.

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      Mpongo Muleya 4 years

      Its PF to learn something from the Kenyan situation.

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    miseshi mindolo 4 years

    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.

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      eagle's eye 4 years

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

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      CHIEF JUSTICE M'MEMBE 4 years

      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.

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        Considerate 4 years

        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.

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      Considerate 4 years

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

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    HH AND MUMBA LEARN SOMETHING FROM UHURU AND RAILA

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      Kabalagala Sam 4 years

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

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      lamba 4 years

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

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    Fwebamano 4 years

    THE IMMATURE POLITICIANS LIKE HH AND MUMBA SHOULD GET A LESSON FROM THIS.

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      nchonde 4 years

      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)?

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      Wonama 4 years

      LET’S LOOK AT THIS FROM BOTH SIDES.

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      Controlling the Poor's Finances 4 years

      …yes.

      If the kill Mmembe. LOL!!!!

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        Controlling the Poor's Finances 4 years

        “they”

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    Lusaka Fire 4 years

    KK is the worst form of dictator being reincarnated into Ukwa

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    uncircumcised william 4 years

    HH AND THE PASTOR SHUD LEARN FROM THIS……BIG UPS TO KK

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      Lusaka Fire 4 years

      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

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      eagle's eye 4 years

      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.

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        Considerate 4 years

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

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    Kozo 4 years

    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.

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    Bolingo 4 years

    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.

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      CHIEF JUSTICE M'MEMBE 4 years

      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.

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    The Silent One 4 years

    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.

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    Kr 4 years

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

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    Kr 4 years

    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.

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    Akamunofu Kalowa 4 years

    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

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      mk 4 years

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

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    voters card 4 years

    Hichilema and Mumba should take a leaf from this!

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      Lusaka Fire 4 years

      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

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      Wonama 4 years

      WHY NOT PF ALSO? IT TAKES TWO TO TANGLE.

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      isaac 4 years

      TRULLY PIPO LIKE HAKAINDE AND NEVERS SHOULDN LEARN SOMETHING.WE HAVE DISCOVERED THAT PIPO WHO HAVE NEVER BEEN A COUNCILLOR OR ANY OTHER POST AT THE LOWER ORGAN ARE THE ONES WHO CREATE ALOT OF HULLABALOOS.

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        eagle's eye 4 years

        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.

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    Kombwe 4 years

    Inspired by RB. Thumbs up mdala

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    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

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    kelly 4 years

    “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

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    QUESTIONER 4 years

    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.

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      Sikimbinyi 4 years

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

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    Bread 4 years

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

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    Ngilingindo 4 years

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

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    Fwebamano 4 years

    THATS REAL MATURITY AND NOT THESE UNDER 5 IMMATURE POLITICIANS WE HAVE IN ZAMBIA

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      Wonama 4 years

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

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      Mpongo Muleya 4 years

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

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    Odya Mphafa 4 years

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