11 October 2018

Kenya: Politics of Handshake Takes Centre Stage at Kamaru's Burial

Nairobi — Politics of the recent handshake dominated President Uhuru Kenyatta and Opposition chief Raila Odinga's statements at the burial of legendary musician Joseph Kamaru in Murang'a County Thursday.

President Kenyatta reiterated the importance of their pact, which he said is meant to address some of the pertinent issues ailing the country.

"I would like to tell Kenyans not to be swayed by cheap politics. Kenya will never achieve her true position in the globe unless we unite, work as one country and bring our strengths together," said Kenyatta.

Odinga on his part urged Kenyans to continue supporting the initiative, which he said unlike the notion created by a section of politicians, is not about 2022 succession politics.

"This Canaan we are now going is not only meant for NASA supporters only but also for Jubilee leaders and their supporters and that is why I told my brother Uhuru let us join hands together and unite Kenyans and he agreed. This handshake is not about the 2022 elections. That will come and go but our country will remain forever," he said.

Deputy President William Ruto lauded the two leaders for setting aside their differences, and agreeing to forge a common agenda for the country after an emotive electioneering period.

"You have united the country beyond the ruling party. Your efforts to reach out to former Prime Minister Raila Odinga has seen Kenyans speak one language, that of unity in a bid to reach our country's development goals," Ruto acknowledged.


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