Don’t use Handshake to wreck JP, Ruto to ODM

Deputy President William Ruto now claims Opposition leader Raila Odinga is plotting to disrupt Jubilee Party unity by fanning “propaganda and conmanship” under the pretext of embracing the famous March 9 Handshake.

He cautioned ODM leaders against using the unity deal to cause confusion in government. The Opposition leader recently stated that the Handshake between him and President Uhuru Kenyatta could only come to fruition if the Constitution is amended to restructure the Presidency but Ruto reads a sinister intent to divide the ruling party.

The DP said Raila is to blame for the collapse of the National Super Alliance (Nasa) and will not be allowed to propagate  “lies” within Jubilee leadership, adding that  Raila chased him out of ODM and he is now hiding behind Handshake to disrupt his presidential ambition.

“I want to tell our friends that we know what the Handshake is, but we are very clear about what it is not, so don’t bring confusion. The Handshake is not a licence to bring confusion, propaganda and conmanship into our party. We are very clear about where we are going. They can’t export conmanship, confusion, gossip and propaganda into Jubilee,” said Ruto.

Speaking at Majaoni, Kisauni, when he issued 3,000 title deeds to squatters, he accused Raila camp of a spirited attempt to drive a wedge between him and Uhuru. 

“We are concerned about bringing unity in the country, so I want to categorically say there is no space for gossip in our party and government. So if you think you will use Handshake to export propaganda in government you should take it elsewhere,” said Ruto.

Some leaders allied to Raila camp, led by Minority Whip Junet Mohamed, recently accused the DP of being behind the chaos that rocked the National Assembly during the debate on the controversial  Finance Bill.

At the same time, Coast leaders, including a governor and about 20 MPs told Raila to forget their support in 2022 as his time in politics is up. Led by Malindi MP Aisha Jumwa, they said they have supported Raila for years yet the region has nothing to show for it.

Mombasa Governor Hassan Joho, who was conspicuously missing in the Ruto function found himself under fire from the Coast legislators accusing him of sabotaging development initiatives spearheaded by the government.

“This county cannot be run by showbiz and rhetoric. If he wants unity for Coast, he should join the direction other leaders have taken,” said Kisauni MP Ali Mbogo.

His Nyali Counterpart Mohamed Ali asked residents not to be swayed away by Joho’s Administration which its intention is to enrich him.

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