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Raila to avoid Uhuru faceoff as president heads to Nyanza

07 June 2014, 09:51 William Korir

Nairobi - Former Prime Minister Raila Odinga will avoid a face-off with president Uhuru Kenyatta Saturday, as he is set to miss out on the funeral of Rongo MP Dalmas Otieno's daughter which the president is attending.

The president will attend the ceremony to offer his condolences to Dalmas who lost his daughter Ephline last week.

He will be flanked by his deputy William Ruto at the ceremony but despite being close friends with Dalmas, Raila is understood to be set to miss the funeral.

According to sources close to the former PM, he will not be available today, even though it might change considering the president's plans.

" He will most likely not be there, the source said.

" At the moment, he is not planning to attend as he has already sent his condolences in person to the family and has other matters to attend to, the source added.

But with the president set to take his political agenda to what is effectively Raila's background, there might be a change in plans, even though unlikely.

The president will after the funeral head to Kisii County, another of Raila's strongholds where the topic at hand is likely to be on the ongoing squabble between the two over the current state of affairs in the country.

With the CORD coalition escalating pressure on the government to hold dialogue, the president has been forced into a rare position, where he has been forced to hit back at the opposition.

" We will not disband the IEBC through back-door measures, he said in regards to CORDs calls to have the electoral body disbanded.

" The election was won fair and square by Jubilee and if there are queries they should go to parliament, he said Friday.

In previous days, he has welcomed dialogue over a cup of tea with Raila, stressing the need for all parties to have their voices heard but has shot down any suggestion of drastic changes to the Jubilee psyche.

" We can talk as friends and as people who have the country at heart but it has to be constructive and within the current Jubilee government structure, he added.

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