A deal could be in the offing between opposition leader Raila Odinga and President William Ruto after US Senator Chris Coons met the Azimio chief.
Coons, who played a crucial role in the birthing of the 2018 handshake between the the President Uhuru Kenyatta and Odinga jetted into the country on August 12 ahead on a mission.
Moreover, on Sunday, August 13, Odinga held talks with the US senator with the opposition leader taking to his twitter to confirm.
“It was a great pleasure as usual to meet and exchange notes with my friend Senator Chris Coons. An afternoon well spent,” stated.
Furthermore, the meeting with Raila came a day before the official commencement of the bipartisan talks at the Bomas of Kenya on Monday, August 14.
This is not the first time Senator Coons is visiting Kenya. In 2022, Coons led a congressional delegation to the country where he met former President Uhuru Kenyatta, his successor Willliam Ruto and ODM leader Raila Odinga.
His visit to Kenya signifies the importance of the bilateral relationship between the United States and Kenya.
Who is Chris Coons?
Christopher Andrew Coons is an American lawyer and politician serving as the junior United States senator from Delaware since 2010.
Again, he is a member of the Democratic Party. Coons served as the county executive of New Castle County from 2005 to 2010.
Coons came to work as a volunteer relief worker in Kenya, where he had taken classes at the University of Nairobi, later returning to the U.S. to work for the Coalition for the Homeless in New York.
Moreover, the US Senator spent some time as a legal clerk in New York before returning to Delaware in 1996, where he spent eight years as in-house counsel for a materials manufacturing company.
Coons is the chair of the Senate Ethics Committee. His other committee assignments include Appropriations, Foreign Relations, Judiciary, and Small Business and Entrepreneurship.
He previously served as ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on African Affairs and the Judiciary Subcommittee on Bankruptcy and the Courts.