America, donors to fund Uhuru-Raila unity deal


Donors and the international community are warming up to the unity deal signed between President Uhuru Kenyatta and Nasa leader Raila Odinga last month, with pledges to bankroll the programme.

The Star has learnt that among those keen to fund the landmark truce between the two archrivals include the American government.

The Commonwealth Secretariat has also pledged to support the Uhuru-Raila deal once the two leaders announced their plan of action.

The Star has also learnt that British and European Union diplomats in Nairobi are planning meetings with the two leaders to find ways of supporting their pact.

Impeccable sources told the Star that during a meeting with Raila last Thursday, US Ambassador Robert Godec offered his government’s technical support to the proposed secretariat to rollout the plan.

Yesterday, Godec confirmed that the US government had offered Uhuru and Raila a range of things without disclosing the particulars.

“The US Mission has offered a range of support for the process that was announced, which is intended to bring the country together.

“Kenya is a leader in Africa, and the United States will continue to look for opportunities to further deepen our strong partnership,” he said in a brief statement to the Star.

The ambassador described the communiqué signed by the two as “excellent” and a very good summary of the challenges Kenya faces.

“While we know addressing Kenya’s ethnic and political divisions will take some time and effort, both of these men showed great leadership in coming together in the agreement that they signed,” he said.

The funding pledge comes after ODM early this month put out a disclaimer saying the pact between Raila and Uhuru was a party affair and would not be funded from public resources.

In a detailed statement titled “Unpacking the memorandum between Raila Odinga and Uhuru Kenyatta’”, party Executive Director Oduor Ong’wen stated that the deal was not a power-sharing deal or a coalition agreement between ODM and Jubilee.

“Jubilee will therefore continue playing its role as the Majority party while ODM continues as the Minority party in Parliament,” he said.

The statement said the deal is not “a State-driven project” but a commitment “by the two leaders personally to unclog Kenya’s political arteries,” and to bring “closure to the 2017 elections in mutually acceptable terms and manner so that Kenya can forge forward as one united nation.”


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