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Former Machakos Senator Johnson Muthama, also a member of the committee, claimed that even when the West made statements that were seen to support Mr Odinga’s bid, they were — behind the scenes — backing President Kenyatta.

“Raila is being blocked because of the independence of his mind, because he cannot be controlled by any foreign power,” Mr Muthama said.

The opposition has explained that Mr Odinga’s trip abroad has been to seek direct support and explain his actions to a larger audience and “without the filtering the envoys are bound to do”.

The former prime minister met Mr Yamamoto Donald, the assistant secretary of State for African Affairs in the US administration, Mr Michael Phelan, the director of senate foreign relations committee, and Mr Greg Simpkins, director of House of Representatives subcommittee on Africa.

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Further, he has also met US Senator Christopher Coons, one of the most influential voices in the senate on Africa, and who chairs the House Foreign Relations Sub-Committee on African Affairs.

He will also be stopping in London on his way back to Kenya, with his original return date shifted from Thursday to Friday.

Foreign envoys in Kenya have been busy over the past two years, helping get President Kenyatta to agree to negotiations that ended with the exit of former electoral commissioners from the agency then led by chairman Issack Hassan.

In the days before Nasa decided to challenge the result of the August 8 election at the Supreme Court, the UK, the US and the European Union exerted pressure on its leaders to seek a solution in court rather than the mass protests Mr Odinga and others reportedly wanted.

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EU election observation mission boss Marietje Schaake confirmed at the time that she held meetings with the opposition chiefs.

The envoys also tried to intervene as the opposition escalated its demands for “irreducible minimums” before the repeat election.

In early October, they were reported to have reached out to Mr Odinga to scale down his demands and calls for mass protests to force changes at the electoral commission.

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