Former Prime Minister Raila Odinga instructed Siaya Governor James Orengo to welcome President William Ruto to his home base.
During his official visit to Siaya County on Saturday, January 14, Orengo revealed that he had a conversation with the ODM boss an hour before Ruto arrived at the event.
He indicated that Raila wanted his arch-rival to feel at home in the August 9, 2022 polls.
“I spoke to Raila an hour ago and he told me to give you (Ruto) his word of welcome and make you feel at home,” he said.
Vice President Rigathi Gachagua addresses Siaya County leaders on January 14, 2023.
In addition, he begged the head of state to hold a meeting with the former prime minister, noting that it was important for the country.
Orengo explained that the move would be beneficial for uniting TBEN after the polls.
However, he acknowledged that it did not have to be a case of handshake, as in the previous regime.
“I ask you in the spirit of brotherhood and togetherness, not in the spirit of handshake, to find your brother Raila and sit together. The elections are over. For the good of Kenya, come together,” Orengo advised.
The Governor also thanked Ruto for the economic development promises he had made in the region, indicating that the head of state promised to ensure that Nyanza was developed like other parts of the country.
For his part, Vice President Rigathi Gachagua expressed his gratitude for the warm reception received by the Kenyan Kwanza team in Raila’s backyard.
He claimed that the government was open to all and added that the region would be considered in future appointments.
“I know the president is very pleased with the way you welcomed us and all those requests to have more appointments have been heard,” he said.
Raila did not attend the event as he had traveled to South Africa on official duty.
Azimio leader Raila Odinga reads the Order of Service at the ACK Memorial Cathedral in Mombasa on Sunday, January 8, 2023.
Sheriff Abdul Swamad