Uhuru, Raila to give talk on Handshake in US in February

President Uhuru Kenyatta and ODM leader Raila Odinga have been invited to a conference in the US to deliver a talk on the Handshake.

This comes after Raila received a similar invite from Togo last month, to help bring together the government and warring opposition.

Speaking at a BBI public consultative meeting held at Bukhungu Stadium in Kakamega on Saturday, Raila said the March 9, 2018 Handshake has earned respect globally and they have been invited by other countries to share an experience centred on transformation.

“This time round we have been invited together with my brother Uhuru to Washington, for a national prayer breakfast between February 4 and 6,” he said.

The former premier said the world has hailed the Handshake, saying the move was a good example and unique globally.

At the same time, Raila said he and President Uhuru Kenyatta are on a mission to forestall long-lasting peace and unity in the country and not political power.

Raila states that the question of who becomes President in 2022 is not a matter that pre-occupies his mind or that of Uhuru but cohesion and prosperity of the nation.

Speaking on Saturday, when he led top government officials, 15 governors, 10 senators, 60 MPs and a host of MCAs to drum up support for the Building Bridges

Initiative (BBI) taskforce report, Raila said the initiative is not aimed at securing top positions for him and Uhuru as alleged by critics but safeguarding prosperity.

Deputy President William Ruto’s allies have been claiming Raila is using the BBI and the historic March 9, 2018 Handshake to advance his political interests and scuttle Ruto’s 2022 presidential bid.

Raila, who conveyed Uhuru’s goodwill message, said their main goal is a stable Kenya devoid of divisive politics and they “may not necessarily be there” to enjoy the fruits of the initiative when Kenyans get to the mountain top.

Well governed

“Nothing is as powerful as an idea whose time has come. Time for BBI has come. We want a solution for posterity. That’s why we have the BBI,” he said.

“We want to transform Kenya because we have had a new Constitution and it seems not to be working for us,” he added.

The ODM leader said despite having a new constitution for almost a decade, Kenya still has teething problems which are not limited to electoral injustices and violence but they are focused on finding lasting solutions to these and other challenges that slow prosperity.

“Something is amiss in our governance structure. What we are doing is not for to- day or tomorrow, or just 2022 politics. 2022 is an event that will come and go but we want to have a resolution for prosperity,” Raila said.

Quoting Martin Luther King, Raila said: “I have been to the mountain top, seen the glory land, I am not sure whether I will get there together with you but together we will get there.

By Hillary Mageka

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