Ruto calls condition for handshake with Raila after election

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Vice President William Ruto says he would shake hands with Azimio La Umoja’s flag bearer, Raila Odinga, only to show that the two are civilized leaders.

Ruto responded to Raila’s pledge to reach out to all presidential candidates to unite the nation after the August 9 polls, regardless of the winner.

In his speech at Nyayo Stadium on Saturday, August 9, the DP further urged the former prime minister to accept defeat in the event that he loses the presidential election.

“I will call my brother Raila for tea, but I will not repeat what happened five years ago. The opposition and the government combine to create something unknown that does not benefit the nation,” Ruto said, referring to the handshake of March 2018 between President Uhuru Kenyatta and Raila.

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UDA flag bearer William Ruto campaigns in Salgaa, Nakuru County on Monday, August 1, 2022

William Ruto

He maintained that the gentlemen’s deal between the two leaders has derailed the Big 4 agenda and other development projects.

Ruto also blamed the two for the irising cost of living by claiming that inviting opposition into government necessitated transplant and coup d’état.

He located the KEMSA scandal and called on the president to ensure that the perpetrators are apprehended and brought to court.

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Selling the Kenya Kwanza agenda, Ruto told the cheering crowd that his team has a plan focused on developing the country.

His government, he promised, will set aside money for health care, development and youth employment.

“When you go to the polls on Tuesday, you choose between a team with many plans for the country and a team with many stories from the past,” Ruto noted.

“I wish you (Uhuru) the best when you retire. I am confident that you know my capabilities, you have nothing to fear as the country will move forward. I will respect the foundation we have built and build on it It will be phenomenal,” he also addressed Uhuru.

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Amani National Congress (ANC) party leader Musalia Mudavadi also urged Raila to shake hands only in acceptance of Ruto’s victory (if the DP wins the general election).

Raila Odinga and his running mate, Martha Karua, arrive in Taita Taveta on Tuesday, July 12, 2022

Raila Odinga and his running mate, Martha Karua, arrive in Taita Taveta on Tuesday, July 12, 2022

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Raila Odinga

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