Orange Democratic Movent (ODM) leadership have been told by a section of leaders from western Kenya to stop using Uhuru-Raila handshake to undermine the work of DP William Ruto.
Leaders among Didmus Barasa (Kimilili), Bernard Shinali (Ikolomani), Charles Gimose (Hamisi) and former senator Bonny Khalwale called for respect among leaders, claiming that March 9, 2018, the handshake should not be used to abuse or undermine other leaders.
The leaders spoke during a thanksgiving ceremony for local MCA Rev Douglas Beru,at Shimakhokho in Vihiga County on Sunday, December 16.
The leaders said that DP Ruto is the only principal assistant to President Kenyatta and was constitutionally elected by Kenyans to the office.
“Leaders should not use the handshake to abuse or undermine the work of the Deputy President. We don’t want confusion. In fact, we want to know what position Mr. Raila Odinga holds in this administration that has warranted ODM leaders to behave as if they are part and parcel of this Government,” said Kimilili MP, Didmus Barasa.
The leaders also urged ODM leaders to stop seeing Raila Odinga as Uhurus Co-principal since they even lost to Jubilee in the August 8 polls and he remains an opposition leader.
The unity between Uhuru and Raila, according to Bony Khalwale, will collapse if ODM leaders continue undermining the work of other leaders who are elected to office.
“The handshake is purely meant to unite all Kenyans and accelerate development but not to abuse others,” said Bony Khalwale.
The DP was accompanied by Senate Speaker Ken Lusaka, Governors Patrick Khaemba (Trans Nzoia), John Lonyangapuo (West Pokot), MPs Chris Wamalwa (Kiminini), Didmus Barasa (Kimilili), Catherine Wambilianga (Bungoma County), Ferdinand Wanyonyi (Kwanza), Janet Nangabo (Trans Nzoia), Paul Katana (Kaloleni) and Lilian Tomito (West Pokot).
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