Odinga, Kenyatta Reach Secret Deal to Hand Over Presidency to Dida
In an unprecedented departure from election tradition, Kenyan presidential candidates Raila Odinga and Uhuru Kenyatta have suggested to outgoing President Mwai Kibaki that he immediately hand over office to their fellow candidate Mohammed Abduba Dida.
The two rival front-runners unanimously agreed in a late night meeting at Nairobi Serena Hotel on Wednesday that Dida is the best candidate who can unite Kenya during this era of unprecedented economic growth.
“After many hours of arguing over who should be the next president, we agreed that Dida is the only candidate who is best equipped to lead this great nation that we all love,” Kenyatta said, adding that he is not expecting to win the election anyway.
“This is the happiest day of my life,” Dida told Sahan Journal shortly after he received a call from Odinga informing him of the news that he’ll likely become the fourth president of the Republic of Kenya before March 4.
“Thank God, I’ll hopefully feed every Kenyan, because with my diet, you only need to eat a third of what you are currently eating, which means every Kenyan can happily feed two more people,” Dida said, reiterating his commitment to implementing his Dida Diet program across the country.
The secret meeting between Odinga and Kenyatta, which shocked the whole country and angered Ugandan and Rwandan leaders who threatened to kick Kenya out of the East African Community, was attended by the UK-based Bishop Joseph Manenomengi to bless the agreement.
US President Barack Obama and his Secretary of State John Kerry joined via Skype from the White House to witness the historic deal that will open a new chapter in the country’s political history.
To reward the sacrifice that the two top rivals have made for the sake of their country, Obama pledged that he will visit Nairobi as soon as Kibaki hands over power to Dida.
Sources within the Kenyatta and Odinga campaign teams said the other five presidential hopefuls will likely be given top cabinet positions if they endorse the agreement.
The sudden and unexpected agreement has thrown the preparations of the country’s general elections into disarray, with election commissioners trying to understand why they were not given the heads-up about the secret deal.
Kibaki is expected to announce that he will accept the agreement in a nationally televised address later in the evening.