Raila Odinga and other CORD co-principals had a feast of fish on Tuesday with Jubilee politician Moses Kuria at a popular Nairobi Restaurant.
Other politicians who were arraigned in court over hate speech also joined in the lunch date. Raila called for the lunch after he said he had forgiven Kuria unconditionally for the inflammatory and inciteful remarks about targeting him.
In a video, Kuria allegedly called for the assassination of CORD leader Raila Odinga while speaking at a thanksgiving ceremony of a vernacular station radio presenter held at the Safaricom indoor stadium, Kasarani.
The video went viral, sparking strong reactions from the Opposition politicians who demanded action against Kuria. They called on President Uhuru Kenyatta to arrest the Jubilee leaders to avoid future utterances of such remarks.
In a press conference in Nairobi at Raila’s Capitol Hill offices, the CORD MPs said they will match to inspector General of Police Joseph Boinnet’s office if nothing was done.
But government instead arrested eight lawmakers including members of cord and Jubilee linked to hate speech. The MPs were detained for four days and were charged in court. They were later granted bail.
MPs Moses Kuria (Gatundu South) and Ferdinand Waititu (Kabete) after pleading not guilty to the hate charges were released on Sh5 million bond each on Friday.
The other six politicians who were also arraigned in court were released on Sh1 million bond each, with the alternative of Sh300,000 cash bail each.
They are Machakos Senator Johnson Muthama, woman representatives Aisha Jumwa (KiliÒ), Florence Mutua (Busia) and MPs Junet Mohamed (Suna East), Timothy Bosire (Kitutu Masaba) and Kimani Ngunjiri (Bahati).
The two were granted an alternative Sh2 million cash bail each following hearings at Milimani law courts before chief magistrate Daniel Ogembo
After he was released, Moses Kuria disclosed that he and Raila will be going for a fish and ugali lunch meeting.
Today’s lunch meeting was held and it is very likely to diffuse tension and promote tolerance among the leaders and within their supporters.