Uhuru Kenyatta personally made a secret call to ANC leader Musalia Mudavadi to attend Building Bridges Initiative meeting at Bukhungu stadium.
Weekly Citizen has also established, BBI has a secretariat handling events at national events and coordinators on regional zones that trickles down to counties. For example, Eastern region has Kitui governor Charity Ngilu in charge.Western has Kakamega Wycliffe Oparanya, Central has Kirinyaga governor Anne Waiguru with Nyanza having Kisii’s James Ongwae.
Uhuru was concerned with the events that unfolded before the Kakamega rally that were likely to derail his BBI agenda that he believes would mark his presidency by uniting Kenyans. As we reported, the state had planned to ban the Mumias rally on fear it was to be financed by anti-BBI forces. The police outlawed parallel rally at Mumias. Initially it was expected Mudavadi and Ford-Kenya leader were to attend the Mumias rally.
The two were at Kakamega rally. It is said, after Uhuru reached Mudavadi, the ANC leader reached Wetangula to attend. Wetangula at Bukhungu was later to claim, as the Luhya community, they are not going to allow outsiders to control Luhya politics. At Bukhungu, Mudavadi was clear just like Wetangula they were supporting BBI.
The Mumias rally that never took off after Ben Washiali, the Mumias East MP went missing. Former Kakamega senator Boni Khalwale and former CS Mohammed Echesa were linked to the parallel rally. Suprisingly, MPs who were against the Kakamega rally led by Nambale MP Sakwa Bunyasi that had addressed a number of press conferences in Nairobi were nowhere to be seen in Mumias.
Mudavadi and Wetang’ula fear initially was, Cotu secretary-general Francis Atwoli was to install Oparanya as the community leader. Atwoli who was praised by speakers for being behind the successfully Bukhungu rally hinted of the community holding another rally to anoint leaders before 2022 polls. He challenged Mudavadi and Wetangula not to fall prey of political conmen who will not form the next government. Before the meeting, Atwoli hosted a number of invited guests at his residence before going to the rally.
Uhuru call to Mudavadi took about 10 minutes with Uhuru asking ANC boss to keep on engaging for the better.
Raila Odinga led leaders at Bukhungu Stadium while Khalwale was with local leaders at Mumias, despite the police banning his meeting over security threats.
Mudavadi at Bukhunu spoke out against divisive politics.
“When Kenyatta and Raila launched BBI, some of us were given a chance to speak at the venue and I encouraged Kenyans to read it and analyse it. So who are you to stand and state that Mudavadi rejected BBI? Let us desist from divisive politics and work together. I spoke to the people of Mumias and told them that we do not need to shed blood.
“I have walked with Raila for long and we have brushed shoulders a number of times. However, some people here think otherwise,” Mudavadi disclosed.
Wetangula on the other side stated, he and Musalia Mudavadi had a right to attend the BBI meeting.
Kirinyaga governor Anne Waiguru praised Uhuru’s partnership with Odinga.
Nominated MP Maina Kamanda took isuue with former Agriculture CS Mwangi Kiunjuri. Also present was Taita Taveta governor Granton Samboja, Cornel Rasanga Siaya, Anyang Nyong’o, Cyprian Awiti, James Ongwae among others. All Western county governors were present.
In Mumias, at one time Kimilili MP Didmus Barasa claimed police disbanded a meeting by hurling teargas at Echesa’s mini-rally.
At one time, Sirisisia MP John Walukhe and Washiali moved towards Harambee Grounds 10 kilometres from the Nabongo Grounds, where they had planned to hold the parallel rally after they found police at their earlier venue. Walukhe rode on a boda boda to Harambee Grounds.
“We planned this meeting before Raila Odinga’s meeting,” Washiali stated while standing alongside Boni Khalwale and Sirisia MP, John Walukhe.
Nairobi senator Johnson Sakaja and Homabay woman representative Gladys Wanga were at Bukhungu Stadium.
Weekly Citizen has information, the next rally to be held in Mombasa is part of the wider strategy to isolate William Ruto and his brigade from Uhuru succession game with full backing of the state