Friday, April 8, 2016
I Regret Skipping Wetang’ula Presidential Launch & I Apologize, CORD Leader Raila Odinga Admits
Raila stated that he had confirmed to Wetangula that he was to attend the function but violence erupted forcing him to ‘wait for things to calm down’.
The CORD leader apologized to his co-principals, Moses Wetangula and Kalonzo Musyoka, saying that his absence was indeed regrettable.
He was quoted by the Standard as saying:
“I had assured Wetang’ula that I would attend and we waited for things to calm down. By the time things returned to normalcy, I was already getting late for another appointment. But we all agree that it was regrettable”
The three principals held a three hour-long meeting to discuss, among other thing, the chaos that erupted at Muliro Gardens after a teargas canister was thrown at the dais.
Kalonzo Musyoka dismissed rumors that Wetangula was on the verge of decamping to Jubilee. He said:
“It became clear that events conspired in a certain manner that the former Prime Minister had to leave at the time he left ... that we decided to look ahead,” Kalonzo said. “There is no cause for alarm over the unity of the coalition because our goal is to change the leadership of this country as a united force.”
Jubilee is trying to woo the Bungoma Senator with rumors doing round that he met top officials from the party to work on an exit strategy.
Wetang’ula met diplomats, alongside Raila Odinga, to deliberate on how to reform the IEBC.