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How Raila helped Uhuru secure important meeting in London

J. M. Omondi
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Raila Odinga addressing a past international forum. He reportedly secured one for President Uhuru Kenyatta. [Photo/Onyango]

As part of strengthening their joint legacy, ODM leader Raila Odinga has reportedly secured an all-important lecture at Chatham House Royal Institute of International Affairs for President Uhuru Kenyatta.

Meant for leaders who have shown outstanding commitment towards embracing democracy and open governance, Uhuru will become one of few African leaders to ever address the institute.

For Raila, the institute has become like his second home, having addressed it for a record four times, the only African to have gotten that privilege.

"Giving a lecture is not easy at Chatham House and Uhuru will get that opportunity for the first time," said lawyer Moturi Mengo.

The ODM lawyer said: "We are committed to solidifying the unity and Raila had to report to the organisers about the latest development in Kenya before the president's request was admitted."

Slightly over a month ago, the two protagonists signed a historic deal that has caused anxiety from either side of political divide.

At the eve of post election violence in Kenya last year, Raila delivered a keynote speech in the institute, where he appealed for international help on the 'deteriorating Kenyan situation'.

Uhuru, who is battling to cleanse his international reputation after a chaotic election, will be in London for five days from Monday where he is also scheduled to meet Queen Elizabeth II.

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