Raila Revelations About Handshake to fuel conflict in Jubilee Factions
William Ruto was putting on a brave face when he said on NTV, last Sunday, that he was aware of the ‘handshake’ negotiations and even greenlighted it. But Raila Odinga seems to suggest that Ruto and others were kept out of the loop on account of harbouring 2022 presidential ambitions. You can feel for Baba Abby if Raila’s version is the truth, nothing but the truth.
But what Raila is saying now is likely to fuel further the conflict between Jubilee factions, especially those who have not trusted his handshake, therefore not accepted it, believing that it has sinister motives. This may also not go down well with Uhuru who wants to achieve certain things, predicated upon the unity of his party. Thus, Raila’s revelation that they kept Ruto in the dark when Ruto wants Kenyans to know that Uhuru did not agree to work with Raila behind his back smacks of reckless talk. Baba cannot just shut his mouth.
The other day he rushed headlong adding his voice to the corruption problems bedevilling government when all he could do is to keep quiet and let Jubilee deal with their own skunk. Perhaps even worse he took it upon himself to announce the formation of a taskforce to deal with corruption, something that Uhuru or his ministers should have been the ones doing incase there was such a thing. Raila isn’t is in government, at least Kenyans do not know that. And to make it worse, making a pitch for a task force that has been used as a smokescreen by the government before portrays Raila as someone who is no longer keen about the fight against corruption which Kenyans have always associated him with.
Indeed, it is difficult to learn to be right-handed in old age, but can Baba just try to shut up sometimes? He should look for an anti-dote for that thing that keeps itching him to comment on everything that even threatens his newly found relationship with Baba Tamara.
Credit: Real Collins Odhiambo