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Is Raila softening stand on the government?

11 November 2014, 20:55 Victor Tinto

Nairobi - Deputy President William Ruto and CORD leader Raila Odinga once again held hands in support of government initiatives as the two once again shared a stage.

The two once again met and spoke the same language, this time at the funeral of former Kenya National Union of Teachers chairman Joseph Chirchir in Kericho Tuesday.

They both spoke of building ways of improving the education sector in the country and called on support from related sectors to see to the growth.

But in what political analysts say is a shift of policy from the CORD leader, the CORD leader might be warming up to Ruto and the government.

The two also met in similar circumstances over the weekend during the funeral of Emmy Ruto, daughter of Council of Governors chairman Isaac Ruto in Bomet.

Then, they also spoke from the same book, prompting questions from the public on the all of a sudden change in heart from the CORD leader.

Michael Njenga, a Nairobi based political analyst, says that the move could just be to buy himself abit of political leverage.

" I think it is a good ploy from Raila. It is not necessary to all the time be against the government. That way, you are perceived as a spoiler and power hungry," he said.

" My view has always been that he should balance rhetoric and criticism with abit of praise for the government. He should basically give credit where it is due," he added.

CORD insiders though, say that Raila has always been critical and friendly to the government in equal measure and that it will not change.

" It is normal for Raila to offer support when needed and take the opposite stand also when needed. It is not new and will not change as some have tried to insinuate," the insider said.

" There is nothing new happening".

The push for the Okoa Kenya referendum campaign will come to the fore in weeks ahead and the two are expected to return to their old selves when the time comes.

According to analysts, you will see more of the usual Raila and Ruto come then.

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