A day after ODM leader Raila Odinga visited South Sudan, sources privy to the visit are now revealing the visit may have been prompted by revelations that Nairobi had Â urged South Sudan President Salva Kiir not to Â follow through with the peace deal.
Odinga, sources believed, was convinced that the pressure from Nairobi was likely to lead Mr. Kiir in yet again disregarding a peace deal, lengthening the process of ending the humanitarian situation in the country.
But more surprisingly, Odinga is said to have met and held talks with Gideon Moi who also happened to have been in South Sudan. Pundits observe the trip may, afterall, had got everything to do with the meeting between the two more than the peace deal.
Raila landed in Juba in the company of his youngest daughter Winnie which initially made the trip appear as a personal business trip.
But soon after, Odinga held a lengthy private discussion with the younger Moi in a meeting sources claim only the two gentlemen attended. When contacted, an aide to the ODM leader declined to deny or confirm this particular meeting took place.
A source close to Mr. Moi however said he is not aware the two met though he revealed Mr. Moi was in South Sudan around that time.
Later, Raila toured a UNICEF outpost with several high ranking South Sudan government officials and a number of governors as Mr. Moi left for Kenya.
Things took a different turn when South Sudan statehouse arranged an impromptu meeting between President Kiir and Mr. Odinga.
Odinga had indicated he did not want to meet President Kiir as Nairobi would feel he is meddling in the just signed peace deal.
However, meeting Presdent Kiir was going to be inevitable because as soon as he arrived, among the leaders who received him was H. E James Wani Igga, the Vice President of the Republic of South Sudan.
Sources believe Mr. Wani delivered President Kiir’s request to meet Mr. Odinga. Â The two would meet the following day (Friday) after which Odinga addressed South Sudan and international press, exuding confidence that the peace deal will restore normalcy in the restive country
It is not clear if the two discussed Nairobi’s reservations but Odinga sent out a tweet, congratulating south Sudan people for the ‘historic’ peace accord.