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

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

  1. 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

    FRASTRUTED HH - April 18, 2013
    14:26

  2. 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.

    Straight Talk Zambia - April 17, 2013
    18:11

  3. 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.

    PF Killer - April 17, 2013
    17:34

    • Its yu whoz chimbwi!

      kangombo - April 17, 2013
      19:27

  4. 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?

    The Servant - April 17, 2013
    16:53

    • Would you want Zambia to go the same way?

      Ministry of home affairs - April 20, 2013
      10:54

  5. “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.

    SACROSANCT - April 17, 2013
    16:35

  6. 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……..

    Wallace - April 17, 2013
    16:27

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

      SACROSANCT - April 17, 2013
      16:38

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

      Kabalagala Sam - April 17, 2013
      17:59

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

    Mike - April 17, 2013
    16:03

  8. 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

    sos - April 17, 2013
    14:53

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

      shamutonko - April 17, 2013
      18:56

  9. 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!

    Uhuru - April 17, 2013
    14:52

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

    ST. DESPERATIOUS - April 17, 2013
    14:23

    • Where iwe chikala?

      zakaro - April 17, 2013
      17:19

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

    voters card - April 17, 2013
    14:17

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

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

  12. HH and MUMBA learn something from UHURU and RAILA please.

    gray moonga - April 17, 2013
    13:51

    • Its PF to learn something from the Kenyan situation.

      Mpongo Muleya - April 17, 2013
      14:10

  13. 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.

    miseshi mindolo - April 17, 2013
    13:48

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

      eagle's eye - April 17, 2013
      14:18

    • 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.

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

      • 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
        16:43

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

      Considerate - April 19, 2013
      16:39

  14. HH AND MUMBA LEARN SOMETHING FROM UHURU AND RAILA

    gray moonga - April 17, 2013
    13:45

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

      Kabalagala Sam - April 17, 2013
      18:01

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

      lamba - April 19, 2013
      10:39

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

    Fwebamano - April 17, 2013
    13:38

    • 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)?

      nchonde - April 17, 2013
      13:45

    • LET’S LOOK AT THIS FROM BOTH SIDES.

      Wonama - April 17, 2013
      13:46

    • …yes.

      If the kill Mmembe. LOL!!!!

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

      • “they”

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

  16. KK is the worst form of dictator being reincarnated into Ukwa

    Lusaka Fire - April 17, 2013
    13:24

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

    uncircumcised william - April 17, 2013
    13:18

    • 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

      Lusaka Fire - April 17, 2013
      13:23

    • 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.

      eagle's eye - April 17, 2013
      13:24

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

        Considerate - April 19, 2013
        16:46

  18. 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.

    Kozo - April 17, 2013
    13:12

  19. 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.

    Bolingo - April 17, 2013
    13:07

    • 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.

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

  20. 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.

    The Silent One - April 17, 2013
    13:03

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

    Kr - April 17, 2013
    13:03

  22. 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.

    Kr - April 17, 2013
    12:58

  23. 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

    Akamunofu Kalowa - April 17, 2013
    12:55

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

      mk - April 17, 2013
      13:46

  24. Hichilema and Mumba should take a leaf from this!

    voters card - April 17, 2013
    12:50

    • 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

      Lusaka Fire - April 17, 2013
      13:06

    • WHY NOT PF ALSO? IT TAKES TWO TO TANGLE.

      Wonama - April 17, 2013
      13:48

    • 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.

      isaac - April 17, 2013
      14:05

      • 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.

        eagle's eye - April 17, 2013
        14:29

  25. Inspired by RB. Thumbs up mdala

    Kombwe - April 17, 2013
    12:47

  26. 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

    simbwindibwi - April 17, 2013
    12:36

  27. “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

    kelly - April 17, 2013
    12:30

  28. 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.

    QUESTIONER - April 17, 2013
    12:18

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

      Sikimbinyi - April 17, 2013
      14:26

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

    Bread - April 17, 2013
    12:06

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

    Ngilingindo - April 17, 2013
    12:04

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

    Fwebamano - April 17, 2013
    12:01

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

      Wonama - April 17, 2013
      13:57

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

      Mpongo Muleya - April 17, 2013
      14:12

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

    Odya Mphafa - April 17, 2013
    11:54