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OKA Principals deny backing Raila in State House meeting

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[President Uhuru Kenyatta (Centre) during the Wednesday's Mombasa State House meeting. Photo/PSCU.]

One Kenya Alliance Principals, Musalia Mudavadi, Kalonzo Musyoka, Moses Wetangula and Gideon Moi have trashed reports that they have agreed to support ODM leader Raila Odinga in the August 9th, 2022 presidential race.

Addressing journalists in Mombasa on Thursday, the OKA Principals said that during their meeting with President Uhuru Kenyatta at Mombasa’s State House, nothing was discussed on supporting anyone for the top seat.

“No one asked or even suggested that we support anyone for anything,” said Mudavadi.

The leaders insisted that their meeting with the President was to deliberate on matters of national interest, among them the new Covid-19 surge and containment measures.

Daily Nation

The Principals also castigated the media and in particular the Daily Nation Newspaper on what they termed as ‘false and gutter press reporting’.

On Thursday, The Daily Nation published “Uhuru corners OKA chiefs to back Raila” as its Headline.

The Principals Mudavadi (ANC), Musyoka (Wiper) Moi (KANU), and Ford-Kenya’s Moses Wetangula accused the newspaper of fabricating stories on their meetings with Uhuru, in favor of one invitee (Raila Odinga).

“Kenyans deserve correct, factual, verifiable, attributable, and balanced reporting of events and not fiction about manufactured events that didn’t take place; sanitized through the veneer of creative realities, deceptive facts, opaque shadowy sources, and twisted logic,” said an agitated Mudavadi.

He added, “Our visits to State House aren’t summons to browbeat us into supporting one candidate or the other, as the distorted Nation narratives suggest. These have been very cordial consultative meetings deliberating on national matters.”

The OKA leaders called on media houses to report on facts and their ‘wishes’.

Covid-19

Mudavadi, Kalonzo, Moi, and Wetangula held a meeting with President Uhuru Kenyatta on Wednesday at State House Mombasa.

A statement by State House Spokesperson Kanze Dena said the leaders, agreed to play a leading role in encouraging Kenyans to abide by the Covid-19 containment protocols and interventions including uptake of vaccines.

Also present at the meeting were Head of Public Service Joseph Kinyua, and Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i, and his Health counterpart Mutahi Kagwe among other senior government officials.