President Uhuru Kenyatta on Monday, January 17 met Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) leader Raila Odinga and One Alliance Kenya (OKA) principals during a banquet held in honour of the visiting Hungarian President Janos Ader.
Although details of the meeting remain scanty, information from the Presidential Strategic Communication Unit (PSCU) confirmed that Gideon Moi, Moses Wetangula, Musalia Mudavadi, and Kalonzo Musyoka were all present.
According to Presidential Strategic Communication Unit (PSCU) leaders had been invited by the President for the dinner that ran into the night.
Last night meeting comes barely few days one Kenya Alliance (OKA) principals yesterday snubbed a luncheon organised by President Uhuru Kenyatta and ODM leader Raila Odinga, reportedly scuttling the agenda of the State House meeting.
Reportedly, their absence forced Uhuru and Raila to confine their deliberations to parliamentary issues, with sources indicating that there were deliberate attempts to curtail discussions around the August 9 election.
It is worth noting that this is not the first time the head of state is meeting Odinga and OKA chiefs at State House, with previous meet ups having ruffled political feathers.
On January 15, Mudavadi caused jitters after skipping an OKA retreat which was held in Naivasha. The ANC leader explained that he could not attend the meeting as he was organising his party’s National Delegates Conference to be held on January 23.
At the banquet, President Kenyatta said Kenya was counting on the support of Hungary to unlock the economic partnership agreement between the East African Community and the European Union.
“Kenya looks forward to the signing of the Economic Partnership Agreement between the East African Community and the European Union to open up greater trading and economic opportunities,” President Kenyatta said.
On multilateralism, President Kenyatta said Kenya and Hungary share common positions on key global issues including climate change, and thanked the European nation for the support that led to Kenya’s election as a non-permanent member of the UN Security Council.
“Mitigating climate change is an imperative of our times and my Government’s commitment to this noble cause extends to the United Nations Security Council where climate and security is an important focus during our term.
“We look forward to continue working closely with the Government of Hungary, within the UN system and other multilateral forums, to champion the climate change agenda and other shared global priorities,” he said.