Raila meets British Ambassador Jane Marriot for the first time since Ruto’s victory

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Azimio Party leader Raila Odinga met Jane Marriott, the UK’s ambassador to Kenya, for the first time since the August 2022 general election.

On Wednesday, January 11, Odinga announced that Marriott was receiving him at the British mission in Nairobi, where they held talks.

This was the former prime minister’s first time meeting with the British after accusing the West of interfering with the poll in which President William Ruto declared the winner.

British Ambassador Jane Marriott and staff of the British High Commission will receive Azimio leader Raila Odinga at the consulate on Wednesday 11 January 2022.

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“We discussed the situation in the country, possible areas of cooperation and agreed to hold regular consultations to discuss matters of national and mutual interest,” he wrote.

For its part, Marriott expressed gratitude for meeting the Azimio chief who referred to him as a champion for democracy. She reaffirmed Britain’s commitment to Kenya.

“As always a pleasure to meet a historic leader who has played a vital role in the deepening of Kenyan democracy.

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“We discussed the importance of effective opposition in Kenya’s and the UK’s development programs in the country, read in part in Marriott’s statement.

Odinga was joined by former Kakamega governor Wycliffe Oparanya and National Assembly minority whip Junet Mohamed.

The meeting led to reactions from TBEN, who were well aware of the relationship between Azimio’s party leader and the West.

“Great leadership indeed. Development in progress,” one tweep wrote. “I thought you said they were meddling in the election?” Another posed.

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A photo of Marriot and outgoing Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) chairman Wafula Chebukati angered Raila supporters and forced her to clarify the matter.

In August 2022, the envoy claimed that the UK had no preference for a presidential candidate or party.

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From left: Ex-Kakamega Governor Wycliffe Oparanya, Azimio Leader Raila Odinga, Ambassador Jane Marriott and Minority Whip Junet Mohamed at the UK High Commission on January 11, 2022.

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