In Summary
  • Politicians allied to the DP have expressed their reservations about the handshake, questioning Mr Odinga’s honesty in his dealings with the President.

  • They claim that the Building Bridges Initiative, which is part of the handshake, was geared towards constitutional change that would bar Dr Ruto from succeeding Mr Kenyatta.

ODM leader Raila Odinga on Monday defended his handshake with President Uhuru Kenyatta, saying it was not meant to push Deputy President William Ruto out of Jubilee Party.

His pact with President Kenyatta, he said, was to prevent the country from disintegrating after the disputed 2017 elections that resulted in his swearing-in as the “people’s president”.

He explained: “We would have continued the hard way but we thought of Kenyans and decided we should come together with President Kenyatta. There are those saying that Raila wants to wreck Jubilee and chase others out. That is nonsense. We want to change the country for the better.”

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Politicians allied to the DP have expressed their reservations about the handshake, questioning Mr Odinga’s honesty in his dealings with the President.

They claim that the Building Bridges Initiative, which is part of the handshake, was geared towards constitutional change that would bar Dr Ruto from succeeding Mr Kenyatta.

The DP has also on several occasions warned that “Mr Odinga will not follow me into Jubilee and eject me the way he did in ODM”.

Mr Odinga, however, said the handshake had been misunderstood and mixed up with the 2022 succession.

“The people were angry and saw only darkness. The President said we should talk. We agreed to end fighting and address the real causes of the hatred among Kenyans and poverty,” Mr Odinga said.

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