Machakos Governor Alfred Mutua has on Wednesday met ODM Leader Raila Odinga at his Capitol Hill Square offices in Nairobi.
Governor Mutua shares his great respect for the former Prime Minister stating they still remain friends. He added that he has a lot of respect for his wife Ida Odinga, late son Fidel Odinga and keeps close touch with his children.
“Unknown to many, I have always had a great rapport with this great leader and we have remained friends. I have a lot of respect for him and his wife Mama Ida. His late son Fidel ( RIP) was my friend and I keep in touch with his children.” Said GovernorMutua.
Even though Hon. Raila Odinga and Dr. Alfred Mutua are of different formations, the Machakos Governor called for unity among the leaders.
“When people have asked me what I think of @RailaOdinga, I have always told them that I admire him as a person and leader even though we have been indifferent political persuasions.
I believe this is what Kenya needs – unity in diversity – where leaders respect each other’s position, opinions, and ideologies even when in different political formations.” Said Mutua.
What Raila Odinga and Dr. Mutua discussed.
Among the matters, the two leaders discussed was the handshake between President Uhuru Kenyatta and the ODM leader.
“We broadly discussed the philosophical and historical foundation behind the handshake and the need to build a cohesive nation where all Kenyans can realize their full potential and dreams.” Said Mutua.
Secondly, they talked about the former President Mwai Kibaki when the Machakos Governor was the government spokesman.
The talked on how they jointly worked during that time and the process of the grand coalition.
“We reminisced the days we worked closely together when he was Minister of Roads and later Prime Minister under President Mwai Kibaki and I was the Govt. Spokesperson. We talked of his position than in the opposition and the process of the grand coalition Govt.” Said the Machakos Governor
Third, they discussed on corruption and how they should fight as it is rendering mothers and children of the country poor.
“Both of us have been outspoken about the grand theft of public resources and the culture of impunity in our country. We agreed that we have to fight corruption and corrupt people who are rendering our mothers and children poorer.”
Governor Mutua did not shy away from but also discussed his 2022 ambition of running as the president of Kenya saying he is capable of running the country’s affair.
He characterized himself as a leader who is trustworthy, predictable and has the vision to run the country.
In unison, the two leaders agreed to support President Uhuru’s development agendas they set a firm foundation for the transformation in the near future.
Lastly, he invited Hon. Raila Odinga to visit Machakos County on an official development tour.
“I’m happy that H.E Rt. Hon @RailaOdinga has agreed to my invite to visit Machakos soon on an official development tour.” Said Mutua