Raila meets Moses Kuria, hate MPs for lunch after assassination claims

Raila Odinga and Moses Kuria are at popular Nairobi restaurant, Ronalo’s for lunch, a meal expected to mark their new beginning after days of tussles.

Kuria, who is Gatundu South MP, said he would use the opportunity to thank the Cord leader for forgiving him for alluding to a plot for his assassination.

The two are with leaders who were arrested and detained on hate speech charges.

They are woman representatives Aisha Jumwa (Kilifi) and Florence Mutua (Busia), Bahati MP Kimani Ngunjiri, Machakos Senator Johnson Muthama, Suna East MP Junet Mohamed.

Kabete MP Ferdinand Waititu and Kitutu Masaba’s Timothy Bosire missed the lunch.

Cord co-principals Kalonzo Musyoka (Wiper leader) and Moses Wetang’ula (Bungoma Senator) also had lunch with them.

The agenda of the meeting is unknown but it is expected that the leaders will discuss national unity and cohesion, after sharing a dish of ugali, osuga and fish, as Kuria requested.

Raila is expected to call on the leaders to practice tolerance and ensure peace as the country heads gears for the August 2017 general election.

Kuria was arrested last Tuesday and detained for allegedly issuing the assassination remarks during an address at Kasarani Stadium.

Days later, Raila said he had forgiven him “unconditionally” as he did not mean what he said. The opposition chief also said the MP would not have made a public announcement had he intended to have him assassinated.

Mr Kuria strolled in about 20 minutes late amid whispers from the Cord brigade who kept inquiring on his whereabouts.

Kuria’s arrival prompted a quick change of sitting positions to have Mr Odinga sandwiched between Mr Kuria and Mr Ngunjiri.


After being served with bottles of drinking water, the politicians chatted freely as Mr Mohammed occasionally shook his head when explaining the conditions at Pangani police station to Mr Wetangula.

Mr Odinga chatted with Mr Ngunjiri for a while before turning to Mr Kuria for a short talk.

When the individual orders were brought, Mr Muthama devoured his fish even before the rest of the members were served.

The politicians eat with occasional bursts of laughter before quickly joking that they had started eating before praying.

Mr Odinga devoured his fish with sorghum ugali and vegetables while chatting up Mr Kuria.

Mr Kuria struggled with his fish, removing the bones one by one

Mr Mohammed and Ms Jumwa, who are on the Ramadhan fast, were on phone chatting as their colleagues devoured their food.

Kabete MP Ferdinand Waititu did not join the group for lunch because he was attending a funeral in his constituency.



Timothy Bosire joined the team outside the restaurant for the final media briefing just after they had finished their lunch.Cle-z2DWkAUvjyICle-z2HXIAEE5d8Cle-z17WMAARZ39Cle-z57WIAAl9zt





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