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How many “loyal-to-raila” PNU ministers will attend Raila’s homecoming party in Luo land?

Posted by African Press International on May 7, 2008

Publisher: Korir, africanpress@getmail.no source.nation.ke

Recently, Raila had a meeting in his office where he had invited all ministers but a handful PNU ministers attended. The rest demonstrated their disloyalty to Raila because they do not want to recognise his supervisory role. API

Raila to host homecoming parties

Story by KENNETH OGOSIA and JOHN NGIRACHU

Prime Minister Raila Odinga, who returned from South Africa Tuesday, will host homecoming parties at his Kisumu and Bondo homes this weekend.A tentative programme for the celebrations indicates that on Saturday, the PM will be at his Milimani residence in Kisumu, where the party will be held.

On Sunday May 11, the big occasion moves to his ancestral home in Bondo.

On Monday 12, the PM will attend the homecoming party for Fisheries Development minister Paul Otuoma in Funyula.

It is not yet clear which dignitaries have been invited.

Define the future

The occasions may define the future of the grand coalition Government especially if Vice-President Kalonzo Musyoka and PNU MPs attend.

Most ODM MPs and Cabinet ministers are expected to attend.

The two days will certainly cause excitement in Nyanza Province, the bedrock of Mr Odingas support.

Mr Odinga flew back into the country on Monday night after a week-long visit abroad during which he underwent an operation on his left eye at Ulm University Hospital in Germany.

Recuperating

Speaking at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, Mr Odinga said he had also spent time recuperating in South Africa.

He had the chance to meet former South African president Nelson Mandela and his wife Graa Machel and Zimbabwes Movement for Democratic Change leader Morgan Tsvangirai.

Mrs Machel was part of the mediation team that helped resolve the post-election crisis in the country.

It was wrongly reported that I met Mr Tsvangirai yesterday (Sunday). I just met him today, actually around five hours ago in South Africa, he said.

He said he had advised Mr Tsvangirai to participate in the election rerun.

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