DP Gachagua: Raila’s Protests Smell Of Ruto Handshake

Deputy President Rigathi Gachagua has mocked Azimio la Umoja leader Raila Odinga over planned nationwide protests against President William Ruto’s administration.

Gachagua insisted that there will be no handshake between the opposition and the President.

According to Gachagua, the opposition’s planned protests are part of a premeditated plot by the opposition to join the government.

While speaking during an interdenominational thanksgiving service held at Embu University on Sunday, Gachagua compared Odinga’s efforts following the fatal 2007 elections and the 2017 votes, both of which, according to Gachagua, resulted in Odinga becoming involved in government.

“Our president we are asking you while here in Mt Kenya, we don’t want him in our government. Let him protest in the morning, afternoon, and evening, we don’t want any handshake,” he said.

He added, “The only handshake Ruto is interested in is with hustlers and church leaders.”

Gachagua did not miss his words as he dismissed the ‘handshake’ as the worst thing to happen to Kenya.

He said, “The handshake was a bad experiment. It is the worst thing that has happened in the history of Kenya for 60 years. All the economic mess we are having today is as a result of that handshake.”

The second in command stated that the best aid Odinga can provide is to remain in opposition.

The newest squabble between the opposition and the government is over the fate of four IEBC commissioners who contested the results of the August 9 presidential election, which declared Ruto the winner.

Odinga has pledged to “bring down President Ruto’s system” in countrywide public rallies beginning Wednesday, December 7, at the Kamukunji Grounds in Nairobi.

“On the 7th of December, at the historic Kamukunji grounds here in Nairobi, we will launch public consultations with the people of Kenya to brainstorm on the direction the country is taking,” Odinga said on Friday after meeting Azimio leaders from Nairobi County.

“We will return to the Kamukunji grounds on 12th December to continue with these consultations on the state of the Kenyan nation and also to have a prayer for democracy in our country which is right now under threat by this administration,” Odinga added.