Opposition leader Raila Odinga and Anne Waiguru will meet in Nairobi on Wednesday to discuss plans for this year’s devolution conference. Expectations are high on how the two will engage at Capitol Hill as they have not been seeing eye to eye. But the meeting comes a few weeks after Raila and President Uhuru Kenyatta’s famous handshake that is focused national healing, reconciliation, peace and unity. Waiguru, who is Kirinyaga Governor and vice chair of the Council of Governors, will be acompanied by people including Devolution CS Eugene Wamalwa and Muranga Senator Irungu Kang’ata. The officials are expected to discuss the devolution conference that will take place from April 23-27 in Kakamega.
Raila and Waiguru do not see eye to eye as the latter was implicated in the Sh1.8 billion National Youth Service scandal during her tenure as Devolution CS. In February 2018, Waiguru requested the High Court to allow a case she had filed against Raila to proceed, saying there had been insufficient reason for its suspension. Raila, through his lawyer, had requested that the hearing be stopped until he filed an appeal challenging a ruling issued last November. The ruling allowed Waiguru to conceal certain information regarding her lifestyle. The row between Waiguru and Raila arose in 2015 after the ODM leader linked her to the NYS scandal. Waiguru sued the Opposition leader on September 29, 2015, accusing him of recklessly tarnishing her name. The former Prime Minister then released a dossier on how the state agency allegedly lost millions of shillings under the watch of the former Cabinet Secretary.