Former Prime Minister Raila Odinga yesterday admitted his handshake with President Uhuru Kenyatta was being threatened by selfish politicians. In his speech at Cambridge University in London, he warned that perpetrators of historical injustices have ganged up to suffocate his deal with Uhuru. The deal has been named Building the Bridges Initiative.
Raila said the unity pact faces threats from a crop of politicians opposed to change. He, however, expressed confidence that his deal with Uhuru would herald a new dawn for Kenyans and be a worthy example for other African nations to emulate. “It is our hope that the handshake could inspire other African nations struggling with problems similar to those of Kenya,” he said.
Raila dismissed claims he was angling for political power under his arrangement with the President, saying creating a stable nation is the sole reason for the Building the Bridges Initiative. A section of politicians has accused Raila of seeking a piece of government through the back door. The former PM said he and Uhuru are committed to addressing historical issues that have created bitter divisions.
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