The effects of President Uhuru Kenyatta and opposition leader Raila Odinga’s handshake continued to manifest further tilting the political situation in the country.
As earlier reported by Correspondent, Raila and Uhuru met on Friday, March 9, at Harambee House and agreed to end their bitter rivalry which had culminated after the Tuesday, August 8.
Since the move, which caught some of the two leaders’ and Deputy President William Ruto’s perceived confidants unawares, many other surprises and handshakes have happened setting the country in a political mood barely seven months after the 2017 elections.
The latest of the surprises, is the Friday, May 11, meeting between Raila and members of the GEMA business community.
In a Facebook post of Friday, May 11, seen by Correspondent, Raila said he had met the community’s opinion leaders and businessmen who pledged to support his unity agenda with Uhuru.
“I attended a breakfast meeting hosted by the GEMA business community. They have pledged their support for the building bridges initiative and expressed their willingness to play any role they may be requested of them in the days ahead,” read the post by Raila.
Prior to the handshake, the GEMA community who are dominant inhabitants of the Mount Kenya region were among ferocious opponents of Raila and dearest supporters of Uhuru.
Ordinarily with the past state of affairs, the GEMA community members would not have offered the former prime minister an audience owing to their political leanings but the tide seems to have changed very fast after the peace pact.
Raila was accompanied by Ruaraka MP Tom Kajwang and National Super Alliance (NASA) strategist David Ndii in the photos taken in the meeting held at a Nairobi hotel.
Despite Raila insisting he has no interest in the 2022 politics and claiming he only wants to ensure the Building Bridges initiative is successful, individual’s from Ruto’s camp are reading mischief in his closeness with Uhuru.
Already, MPs close to the DP have complained that Raila is using his new found friendship with Uhuru to completely scuttle Ruto’s plans of vying for presidency in 2022.
Senate Majority Leader Kipchumba Murkomen and his National Assembly counterpart Aden Duale have severally said Raila has plans to wreck the Jubilee house since he perceives Ruto as his strongest rival in the 2022 general elections.