Raila U.S. Trip – National Super Alliance leader Raila Odinga has arrived the United States for a series of high-profile meetings on Capitol Hill as well as with Kenyans living in the country.
According to statements from his team, Mr. Odinga will have closed-door meetings with House and Senate Congressional Committee officials “regarding the state of Kenya”.
It is believed that there is total confusion in Washington DC concerning Kenya’s October 26 repeat presidential poll.
While nothing has been said officially by the Donald Trump administration, it is understood that some lawmakers led by Chris Coons (D) of Delaware and Cory Booker (D) of New Jersey, are deeply concerned by the political standoff in Kenya which could worsen if not addressed urgently.
They are calling for dialogue between President Uhuru Kenyatta and Mr. Raila Odinga to end the impasse.
The two Congressmen are some of the lawmakers that Raila is scheduled to meet.
Over the past few weeks, there was huge speculation that the former Prime Minister would be addressing the whole of Congress. That would not be possible for the opposition leader, who although commands lots of respect from U.S. government officials, is unable to do so because he is not a head of state.
Raila Odinga’s first major open meeting is the much-publicised keynote speech on “Overcoming Kenya’s political crisis and advancing democracy, rule of law and stability”.
He is scheduled to deliver the speech today at the headquarters of Center for Strategic and International Studies between 9:30am–11am (GMT -8), Washington DC time.
Raila is expected to explain his reasons for withdrawing from the October 26 repeat election in that speech. He will also outline his next steps while offering some kind of predictions for “Kenya’s democratic health, peace, and stability”.
After DC, Raila U.S. trip will take him to New Jersey/New York where he will meet with his supporters before he returns to Kenya at the weekend.
On Friday, he will be speaking to NASA supporters at Cococabana Bar and Grill, 2031A University, Boulevard E, Hyattsville, Maryland, between 6 and 8pm.
On Saturday, he is scheduled to hold two meetings in New Jersey. The first one is a town hall meeting with the diaspora at St Patrick’s High School Auditorium – 492 Bramhall Avenue Jersey City, NJ 07304 between 2pm and 6pm.
Later on in the evening, Raila will be a guest of honor at a $100 Dinner Dance that starts at 8pm to 1am at the Clinton Manor Banquet Hall 2735 US-22 Union, New Jersey.