Uhuru, Raila off to US

President Uhuru Kenyatta and opposition leader Raila Odinga. [Source/msn.com]

President Uhuru Kenyatta and Opposition leader Raila Odinga are headed to the United States to share their experiences about the “handshake”.

Raila left last evening following an invitation to a sideline event during the 2020 National Prayer Breakfast in Washington, US. President Kenyatta is expected to leave today for the event, among other engagements in Washington.

President Kenyatta and the ODM leader will be having the first such talks on the international stage to extol the agreement that united their feuding political camps, and which has led to the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) that is expected to yield constitutional reforms. 

The two leaders, according to reports, have been invited to a connected event referred to as the International Lunch, slated for February 5 and 6 and they are expected to talk about the “handshake” and the BBI.

In the invite, US Congress National Breakfast Co-chairs John Moolenaar and Thomas Suozzi asked Kenyatta and Raila to be the joint keynote speakers for the lunch. “As the keynote speakers for the lunch, we would like to ask you to share your personal journey of faith and reconciliation,” the invite reads.

According to the American Guest House, the event is hosted by members of the United States Congress and is an invite-only affair attended by elite individuals in politics, society, and business. “The prestigious two-day event is more than just breakfast. It includes a day full of meetings and forums punctuated by lunch and dinner. Over 100 countries are represented among the 3,500 attendees,” the hotel’s website reads.

Odinga had two weeks ago confirmed the invitation and said they would both attend.