Mr Mudavadi Wednesday backed down from all these, saying Kenyans had bigger issues to discuss.

“We need to get our priorities right; let us sort out the economy, let us fight corruption, let us sort out the electoral commission then we can go into a referendum with more objectivity,” Mr Mudavadi said, adding that he supports calls for an inclusive dialogue.

Meanwhile, Wiper leader Kalonzo Musyoka argues that a referendum is inevitable, but says the handshake should be demystified so that as many people as possible can contribute to discussions on constitutional change.

"The ‘winner takes all’ approach has brought us problems. Any opportunity for dialogue is important. I support such initiatives, including the Building Bridges Initiative," Mr Musyoka told Citizen TV on Tuesday.

'PEOPLE'S PRESIDENT'

Mr Musyoka revisited the January 30 mock swearing-in of Mr Odinga as the “people’s president”, saying he had opposed the idea from the start.

“The truth is, there are people who misadvised my brother Raila on January 30 because, in the international community, we were going to be seen as pariahs. It is terrible when I reflect about it, because I have always stood for honest politics,” Mr Musyoka said.

Mr Musyoka, Mr Mudavadi and Ford-Kenya’s Moses Wetang’ula skipped the mock ceremony.

Mr Wetang’ula Wednesday said Mr Odinga was economical with the truth when on Monday he said he had tried to call Mr Musyoka, whose phone he said was off, and Mr Mudavadi, just before he shook hands with the President.

“Raila, do not let your memory fail you. Try and recall what you told us at a Stony Athi meeting about your handshake and how you had kept it away from your Nasa partners,” Mr Wetang’ula said on Twitter.

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