The HANDSHAKE debate
The handshake debate has taken a new twist after Jubilee Party’s governors voted to support Governor Oparanya of ODM to clinch the CoG chairmanship.
Earlier on, there had been an agreement to back Kwale county governor, Salim Mvurya (of Jubilee Party). However the new found love between President Kenyatta and Raila changed everything.
Further to this, Jubilee Party Secretary General, Raphael Tuju, stated that the party will not field parliamentary candidates in the Embakasi-South and Ugenya by-elections. His statement read “… in the spirit of furthering constructive engagement and keeping an eye on the bigger picture.” This farther past a message of where the handshake is headed to.
Such a move is strange for a party that enjoys good support in Nairobi. These are some of the signs that the handshake is leading into a formidable working partnership.
The toughest task though is for the two leaders to sell this to their constituencies.
There is a planned tour of Mt. Kenya region by President Uhuru Kenyatta and Raila Odinga. The tour is scheduled for the first week of February.
Nominated MP Maina Kamanda, the vocal ‘handshake’ defender stated that the tour will be the start of “handshake mashinani” campaign.
He stated that it is time “for the voters in the region to hear from the horses’ mouths the meaning of the handshake and clear any doubts on this co-operation”
Another signal was sent out when Jubilee Party’s Secretary General Raphael Tuju, together with President Kenyatta’s brother, Muhoho, attended Jaramogi’s memorial service.
Tony Gachoka, looks at the two leaders as being behind the constitutional change. He stated, “Parties are what they are because of the following their leaders command. It is the life of the party. “People should wait for a referendum and the slogan the two choose to brand the campaign. That will be the face of the new Kenya. Many things will soon become more obvious when the President and the former PM make a three-day tour of Mt Kenya next month.”
For now, its a wait and see situation as things unfold. Remember, a day is politics is such a long period.