Ekuru Aukot Says He’s Not Desperate to Shake Uhuru’s Hands

August 28, 2018

Thirdway Alliance Party leader Ekuru Aukot is not desperate to shake hands with President Uhuru Kenyatta, the former presidential aspirant has declared.

Speaking on Monday, Aukot, who appears to be struggling with irrelevancy, claimed that other leaders are desperate for Uhuru’s handshake.

“We are not desperate to shake the hand of President Uhuru Kenyatta, but there are people who are clearly desperate,” he said.

He, however, encouraged the president to reach out to those “desperate” to greet him so that they don’t threaten the peaceful co-existence of Kenyans.

In the interview with Citizen TV, Ekuru said he fully supports the handshake between Uhuru and ODM leader Raila Odinga.

“For the record, we were the first party that congratulated them,” he said.

“If this is an agreement between two individuals, let it not be an imposition on the public because it offends Article 201 of the Constitution on prudent use of public funds.”

He noted it is time both leaders acknowledge there were wrongs committed during last year’s electioneering period and in the past.

Aukot further called on the Truth Justice and Reconciliation Commission report to be implemented as there are already existing findings on what ails the country.

He, however, said the Building Bridges task force should be disbanded because “it undermines other institutions”.

Aukot also said he supports Uhuru’s fight against corruption and demolition of buildings on riparian land.

On the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission(IEBC), Aukot said he supports Chairman Wafula Chebukati for locking out Deputy Vice Chair Connie Maina and Commissioner Margaret Mwachanya who resigned.

“Those commissioners are disgraceful, they have failed the integrity test. They are shameless,” he said.

The self-imposed Opposition leader added Thirdway Alliance will play its rightful role as an opposition party in critiquing the government.

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