ODM leader Raila Odinga met with Kirinyaga governor Anne Waiguru on Wednesday where they agreed to “let by-gones be by-gones” and leave the matter of the NYS scandal in the hands of investigators.
Held a meeting with Governor @AnneWaiguru and agreed to “let by-gones be by-gones” and leave the matter of the NYS scandal in the hands of investigators. She said her case against me is now settled in the spirit of reconciliation that the nation has embarked on. 1/2 pic.twitter.com/D56SP2qcLX
— Raila Odinga (@RailaOdinga) November 14, 2018
The two resolved to settle the defamation case ‘in the spirit of reconciliation that the nation has embarked on’.
The meeting elicited mixed reactions from Kenyans online with a number expressing uncertainty on the future of the opposition in Kenya.
Many pointed out the unsettled matter of the NYS scandal where billions were lost when Waiguru served as Devolution CS.
“What about the 20 Billion looted by Waiguru? Baba acha kutudanganya. (stop lying to us) You’re the Crocodile who ate us on our way to Canaan. We must slay the Mamba dynasty,” one user noted.
It's so simple, you get into a big scandal like the NYS saga. A big man claims to have evidence of your theft, just file a case against him. Finally with time meet him and withdraw your case, then a firm to the public its building bridges initiative spirit.
— Jeremiah K'omamo (@jeremiah_omamo) November 15, 2018
Another stated, “I find this building bridges initiative full of mockery and biased. There is no basis in building alliances with criminals who embezzled millions of taxpayers money when those we perceive to innocent like Miguna Miguna are left to starve in a foreign land.”
Some referred to the biblical journey to Canaan the former Prime Minister had been narrating.
“Wah baba seriously hii canaan yetu Hadi waiguru akondani wah tutaambia Nini watu, (unbelievable! You mean even Waiguru was in the journey to Canaan. What will we tell people)?” one netizen posed.
Others, however, received the news with glee affirming that Raila had finally seen that the Kirinyaga governor was not responsible for the theft at NYS.
Sometimes I do think this office is the gate to political purification where the corrupt comes for cleansing. And just like that, all her dirty linen are now clean, she's now as white as snow. Never again will you hear about NYS 1 scandal.#RailaWaiguruHandshake pic.twitter.com/rADBbGIrgY
— Marcus Origa (@marcus_origa) November 15, 2018
“My governor Waiguru ni mweupe kama pamba. Baba has confirmed what we the people of Kirinyaga have been saying all along,” the user stated.
With the new cordial relationship, others observed that politics was an unpredictable scape with some predicting that the two would collaborate in preparation for the 2022 elections.
#RailaWaiguruHandshake with #NYSSCANDAL unsolved, waiguru Ruto catwalk infamy subdued, the handshake, her election against the untainted @MarthaKarua, the petitions, I confirm the words of King Solomon in the Bible.
I still have faith Kenya will be emancipated from who is who.
— SΣΠHΩR GUILHΣRMΣ (@senhor_Guilherm) November 15, 2018
“In politics, there are no permanent enemies. A lot to learn from baba. I won’t be surprised if baba will campaign for Ann in 2022 or vice versa,” a netizen tweeted.