There Will No Uhuru-Ruto Handshake, Claims ODM MP

Days after reports emerged of ongoing negotiations to bring President Uhuru Kenyatta and his deputy William Ruto together again, an ODM MP has come out to weigh in on the reports.

Speaking on Thursday morning during DayBreak show on Citizen Tv, Nyando MP Jared Okello rubbished any possibilities of the two coming together again through a handshake

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The MP communicated that when President Uhuru Kenyatta had a handshake with Raila Odinga in 2018, he carried with him all the Jubilee leaders and supporters, DP included to the Harambee aisle, hence Ruto’s second handshake with the head of State is unrealizable.

“When the President met with the Prime Minister on the aisle of Harambee House, he carried with him all Jubilee supporters, including the DP. So if the DP now wants a special handshake outside that one then I think he is lost,” remarked Okello.

Okello opined it was Ruto working so hard to reach out to Uhuru and not the other way not as reported by some dailies.

“These headlines are paid up….it is quite categorical that the EU delegation that comprises of 19 ambassadors met the DP out of his own volition to try and create the handshake between Ruto and Kenyatta…It is Ruto who has jumpstarted the handshake,” he stated.

“One thing that should be made clear is that Ruto is the pusher of this second handshake and I don’t see it coming,” added Okello.

The legislator went ahead to blamed Ruto’s Tanga -tanga faction for always thriving on divisions saying it drifted away shortly after the March 2018 handshake between Uhuru and Raila.

“When the President & Raila had a handshake, TangaTanga team drifted apart…there are people who thrive on division…when the country is rallying behind itself, others who would’ve benefited from a fall out create brouhaha,” he communicated.

While remembering a time former President Moi ruled for some time without a vice president, Okello said the same has happened in Jubilee. He said Tanga-tanga wanted to create a hole in Jubilee to stop its operations but that has not happened.

On his part, Soy MP Caleb Kositany laid blames on the March 2018 handshake, saying it had brought more problems and misunderstandings inside the ruling Jubilee party.

According to Kositany, the truce between Uhuru and Raila has also given birth to BBI discussions aimed at changing the constitution which he said was not a priority at the moment.

He also blamed the handshake for the current police brutality meted on a section of William Ruto’s supporters at the expense of Jubilee’s manifestos.

“When this handshake came in, we had a lot of misunderstandings within Jubilee. The handshake has given birth to the discussion of changing the constitution and police brutality, which were never part of the Jubilee manifesto,” he said.

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