A visit by President Uhuru Kenyatta’s mother, Mama Ngina, to retired President Daniel arap Moi may have been more political than spokespeople for either side admitted.
The Saturday meeting came to light through leaked photos of the two after they had lunch at Moi’s Kabarak home in Nakuru county.
Mama Ngina said that she visited Moi to check up on a friend and Moi asked her to visit again in the near future.
“I am here to check on you as a friend,” she said.
Moi said he was happy to meet with Mama Ngina Kenyatta, adding that the friendship between the two families is growing stronger.
With neither of the sides willing to give official details of the meeting, it is believed that the two may have talked about the political future of the country ahead of the August 8 election.
It is believed that the two discussed how their two sons – Uhuru and Baringo Senator Gideon Moi – can work together more closely.
Uhuru and Gideon share a longtime friendship just like their two families and even went to school (St Mary’s School, Nairobi) at the same time.
Following the meeting, Kanu will be encouraged to renew its election pact signed in 2013 with Uhuru’s Jubilee and support the President’s reelection bid, but can field candidates in other tiers (Senate, MPs, Woman Rep and MCAs) in August.
In the proposed deal, Uhuru’s Jubilee Party will keep off Gideon’s Baringo Senate seat and will therefore not field a candidate there.
“Gideon and Uhuru will most likely work together this year and towards the future. The meeting by their parents has helped consolidate this desire by their allies,” a senior Jubilee official who was unwilling to be named said.
Moi is said to still hold a strong influence on his son’s political decisions, making the meeting with Uhuru’s mother very significant as the country prepares for the elections.
The same is said of Mama Ngina, who has influenced key political decisions by Uhuru, thus protecting the interests of the Kenyatta family.
Last month, Uhuru called Gideon, seeking to have him work with Jubilee instead of Kanu joining the massed opposition under proposed National Super Alliance of ANC leader Musalia Mudavadi.
The meeting also came just days after Kanu held a meeting and decided to make an announcement in two weeks to decide on who to support for the Presidency.
Kanu has decided to field candidates in all elective positions across the country except for President.
The Saturday meeting also comes at a time when Deputy President William Ruto and Gideon are fighting for control of the Rift Valley vote bloc.
Ruto’s dealings with Gideon are perceived as being too confrontational and not helping bridge the relationship between Kanu and Jubilee.
On Saturday, Ruto was in Gideon’s ‘backyard’, where he told off the opposition and other parties that are not part of Jubilee Party.
In a veiled attack on Gideon, the DP told Baringo residents to reject other political parties and only elect JP candidates.
“I want you to vote for Jubilee in all seats available. Will you vote a Jubilee senator? I want to be sure that you will give me a Jubilee senator,” Ruto said.