Stop interfering with the 'handshake', Raila supporters warn their Jubilee counterparts

Achilo ayako, migori senator
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ODM leader Raila Odinga supporters have lashed at their Jubilee party counterparts, warning them to stop interfering with the 'handshake', since it is the only vehicle that will take 'baba' to State House 2022.

Speaking in Awendo during the burial MP Walter Owino's mother on Friday, ODM MPs called on Jubilee supporters to respect President Uhuru Kenyatta and let him finish his second term peacefully.

Ugunja MP Opiyo Wandayi said ODM will protect the president at all cost.

"Those attacking the President should know we will protect the presidency at all costs". said Opiyo.

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He added that Jubilee supporters who attack the president are against the handshake.

"Those attacking the president are against the handshake. They want to drive a wedge between the president and our party leader. We shall not sit back and watch the peace and tranquility brought about by the handshake threatened." he said.

Wandayi further warned leaders to "watch their tongues even as they address the public.

"Let them check their utterances both in public and in private." he added.

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Migori Senator Ochillo Ayacko, who shared Wanday's sentiments, said Kenyans should respect President Kenyatta for the sake of civility.

"We invite the president and his government to visit this place as many times as he wishes because we pay taxes, follow the laws of Kenya and respect him." he added.

Onother MP present was Anthony Oluoch (Mathare) who said, "The president belongs to all Kenyans. He does not belong to Kiambu or Nyeri only. He is the president of us all and that must be respected."

The MPs maintained confidently that the handshake was preparing Mr Odinga to take over after Uhuru's term.

Leaders from the ruling coalition had earlier on accused Mr. Odinga for standing in the way to block Deputy President William Ruto from take over the president come 2022.

However, a section of leaders from the Jubilee party accused President Kenyatta for overlooking his Deputy and forgetting to develop his region.

Gatundu South MP Moses Kuria accused the President of sidelining the Central region in development.

Kuria said Mr Kenyatta has not done much for the region yet its people voted in large numbers for him in the 2013 and 2017 race to State House.

“As we enter 2019, you (voters) must think. Our responsibility is not just to vote [for the government to] take development to other regions. That kind of nonsense must stop,” said Mr Kuria.

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