BY NAMULONGO PETER,NAIROBI,17TH JULY 2019-The 2022 elections talks took center stage in a meeting between ODM party leader Raila Odinga and Machakos Governor Alfred Mutua held at Odinga’s capital hill office on Wednesday .
The Maendeleo Chap Chap leader visited Raila at his office where the two also talked on various issues of national importance including the handshake between the AU envoy and President Uhuru Kenyatta.
The Machakos county boss said the two discussed the ‘philosophical and historical foundation’ behind the March 9 handshake and the need to build a cohesive nation.
“Maendeleo Chap Chap has always supported the handshake from the word go. We see the bigger picture which is political stability, a pre-requisite for economic growth, wealth and employment creation,” Mutua said.
The governor also told Raila about his 2022 ambition to run for the country’s leadership.
“We discussed several scenarios and agreed that political generational change is critical in any society,” Mutua said.
“We agreed to consult occasionally on this matter even as he advised on strategies to popularize my bid countrywide.”
The two leaders agreed that the idea of “winner takes it all” electoral system has been responsible for many problems in the country.
Mutua said elections have to be transformed to be about ideological and policy contests and not tribal affiliations.
Raila accepted governor’s invitation to visit Machakos county on an official development tour.
Speaking in Borabu last Mutua had hinted out last month of a possible political alliance to counter Deputy President William Ruto’s 2022 presidential ambitions.
The intention of Mutua was that Kikuyu and Kalenjin politicians are not supposed to run for the countrys’ top seat and give others a chance because they have produced the country’s four presidents since independence.