Kenyans will be safe in the hands of Orange Democratic Movement leader Raila Odinga after the August 9 General Election, President Uhuru Kenyatta said yesterday, hinting at a possibility of convincing party chiefs Musalia Mudavadi and Moses Wetang’ula to change their hearts and support the former premier.
Sources at yesterday’s one-and-a-half-hour State House meeting between the President and leaders from the Western region, told People Daily that Uhuru was emphatic about the choice of Raila as his preferred successor even as he felt disappointed with the Sunday move by ANC party leader, Mudavadi, and his Ford Kenya counterpart, Wetang’ula, to team up with Deputy President William Ruto ahead of elections.
The source, who sought anonymity because he is not authorized to discuss details of the meeting with the press, said the President promised to reach out to the Western supremos and persuade them to rescind their decision and support Raila’s presidential bid.
The source said that the President was more emphatic over his support for a Raila presidency than before, warning the leaders, mainly Members of Parliament, that those dismissing his preference for the ODM leader would come to regret when it would be too late.
“I am not a mad man to wake up one day and settle on a man whom I have hated almost all my life and bypass my own deputy. Do you people think I arrived at the decision without soul-searching? I have my reasons that I will soon tell Kenyans, but at an appropriate time,” the President is reported to have told the delegation.
Uhuru is understood to have told the delegation that he would not tire from trying to persuade Mudavadi and Wetang’ula to change their decision to support the DP.