President Uhuru Kenyatta was forced to clear the air over his deal with his bitter political rival Raila Odinga to quell the heightened tension across the country.
The historic handshake between the two leaders at Harambee House on on March 9, 2018, has continued to be viewed as a deal to lock out Deputy President William Ruto from the 2022 presidential race.
As the debate raged on, Uhuru reprimanded politicians from both his ruling party and those from the opposition NASA who are are opposed to the deal saying they were enemies of progress who only thrived in confusiona and commotion.
Addressing mourners at the memorial service of the late Kenneth Matiba in Murang’a County on Thursday, april 26, Uhuru noted he was aware some people from his party were not happy with the handshake.
“I know there are many who were not pleased with what we did. We know, we’re hearing noise from here and there… both from my side and his [Raila’s] side… and that is the truth, because they (those opposed to the handshake) thrive on commotion,” said Uhuru.
He defended the deal explaining that unity was more important for democracy to succceed.
“But we decided that we do not want those who thrive on commotion, we want those who will thrive in peace and prosperity, that is the direction we wish and desire for our people.
“In order to entrench democracy, we must entrench unity. So that even when we differ, we differ on the basis of ideas; not ethnicity, not religion,” he added.
To drive the point home, Uhuru reiterated the historic handshake at Harambee House had nothing to do with 2022 presidential election.
Prior reports by Correspondent indicated Uhuru was addressing a gathering at Chatham House, London when he said his handshake deal with Raila was to bring Kenyans together.