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Why Ruth Odinga had to watch Raila's truce with Uhuru on 'television'

Curtis Otieno
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Former Kisumu Deputy Governor Ruth Odinga. [Source/Robert Alai]

It now emerges that so secret was the 2018 truce between President Uhuru Kenyatta and opposition leader Raila Odinga that even close relatives of Raila were left in the dark.

One of these is Raila's younger sister and Kisumu Special Programs Director Ruth Odinga who despite being very close to the former Premier, was never briefed about the truce.

Actually, she now says that she learned about it on television, and was not even told by Raila, but someone else who was watching the same.

"To be honest, someone called me to ask me whether I was watching TV. When I asked what was there, she told me about the handshake,” she is quoted by the People Daily.

But the truce has been hailed by the Kisumu County Assembly a year after its establishment, with area Deputy Governor Mathew Owilli saying that it has been beneficial to the county.

“We have seen a big change in terms of the guests who visit the region. Investors are at peace because the region is very secure and there are no more riots,” he told the paper.

This comes slightly three months after Raila hosted Uhuru to the county and the neighbouring Siaya county for his 2 day trip of Luo Nyanza in December last year.

It had well been hailed by county Senator and former anti-Uhuru campaigner Fred who says that it has resulted to harmony in Nyanza.

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