Opposition leader Raila Odinga has revealed former Meru Governor Peter Munya sent him a text message before he drove to State House to meet President Uhuru Kenyatta and officially announced his departure from the opposition.
Raila said he responded to the message and allowed the former Tigania West MP to make the political move.
Munya, the head of PNU party on September 4 joined NASA and was expected to lead campaigns for Raila in Central Kenya ahead of the October 17 repeat presidential election.
He, however, surprised Kenyan when he made a U-turn only nine days after joining NASA in protest of him being rigged out by the ruling party during the August 8 elections. He was trounced by former Meru Senator Kiraitu Murungi.
Munya announced joining NASA at a press conference after meeting Raila, Moses Wetangula, Kalonzo Musyoka and Musalia Mudavadi at Raila’s Capitol Hill office in Nairobi.
“There will always be movement of leaders during elections looking for opportunities, therefore you can call them opportunists,” Raila said during an interview on KTN television.
“I received a message from Mr Munya which tells me that he was under a lot of pressure and therefore he had no any other choice. I understood and excused him. I have no problem with that at all but you must know that I got a lot of votes in Munya’s backyard yet he was supporting Uhuru in the last elections, so my support in Meru is still intact.”
“In fact if anything is to go by it has increased because of what happened… Munya campaigned for me until he was called.”
Munya left NASA days after former Bomet Governor Isaac Ruto left the opposition outfit after campaigning for Raila ahead of the August 8 general election.