Apparently, the history-making handshake between President Uhuru Kenyatta and Raila Odinga was as a result of foreign influences.
This is according to Amani National Congress (ANC) party leader Musalia Mudavadi who claims that the West forced the opposition leader to extend an olive branch to the president.
Speaking during his tour of the United States, Mudavadi told Kenyans living in the diaspora that threats of canceling visas belonging to opposition leaders and their families forced the handshake deal between Uhuru and Raila.
“The secret is that slowly Visas were being canceled. And when Visas are canceled, they don’t just cancel yours alone. They cancel yours, that of your wife, children, and relatives,” said the former Vice President.
Addressing the meeting at Muungano SDA Church in New Jersey on Tuesday evening, Mudavadi said the handshake deal was reached out of “personal survival”.
“I want you to go home knowing that I, Musalia, do not believe in cheating you. I believe in telling you the truth. So what gave birth to a handshake is personal survival rather than patriotism,” he said.
“I am speaking to my fellow Kenyans and I want to deliver some hard truths because, for too long, propaganda is spread and we get carried away.”
But in a rejoinder, Raila’s spokesperson Dennis Onyango rubbished Musalia’s claims saying the ANC leader was displaying ignorance.
“This is a homegrown solution where foreign nations had no role to play and Mudavadi didn’t know, and even now doesn’t know, what happened. In any case, the two leaders agreed to have the handshake before the then US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson arrived in Nairobi to avoid a situation where it would be perceived the West had pushed them,” Onyango stated.
ODM secretary general Edwin Sifuna added: “Mudavadi is lying. The pressure from the diplomatic corps was applied to try and stop the swearing in of the People’s President. It is, in fact, the reason “internationally renowned” diplomats/former foreign ministers failed to show up at Uhuru Park. They bowed to foreign pressure!”