Raila responds to public rejection of handshake with President Ruto

Raila responds to public rejection of handshake with President Ruto

Azimio la Umoja Coalition Leader, Raila Odinga has acknowledged responses from Kenyans who have opposed his pact with President William Ruto. 

Taking to X on Wednesday, Raila said he had received feedback that Kenyans were not interested in a handshake. 

He was speaking after meeting with several ODM leaders, including Nairobi Senator Edwin Sifuna, Migori Senator Eddie Oketch, and Senator Cyrstal Asige. 

"Nimeambiwa na hawa viongozi kwamba mumesema hamtaki handshake," Raila said. 

"Ujumbe umefika."

— Raila Odinga (@RailaOdinga) July 10, 2024

The Azimio leader was speaking a day  after he has agreed to have a dialogue with President William Ruto to discuss the current crisis facing the nation.

The two leaders agreed to commence a six-day multi-sectorial forum which is set to begin on Monday, July 15, and end on Saturday to foster national dialogue and seek lasting solutions to Kenya's pressing issues following the Gen Z-driven anti-taxation protests.

"I am happy to confirm that we have had consultations and we have agreed that dialogue is the way forward out of the crisis that we’re having today in our country," said Mr Odinga.

Raila's move rubbed Kenyan youth---mainly Gen Z's--wrong, as they accused him of dining with the Head of State for his own personal gain. 

Odinga's 2022 General Election running mate Martha Karua termed the move "a trap", adding that it will hinder the existence of meaningful talks to iron out the demands for Gen Zs.

"I agree with those who say Action Now on the clear and attainable demands of the GenZ to enhance accountability and make the state work for the masses rather than for a handful elites," she wrote on X.

"Let’s be careful as the political class lest we hijack the genuine clamor for accountability and reforms by the GenZ. This is a trap period."

Odinga's biological son also chimed into the online clamor, seemingly distancing himself from his father's opinions saying "Everybody is an individual please!  Even people with the same exact names."

Other Kenyans hopped on the ridicule bandwagon insisting that dialogue between Odinga and the government has always collapsed and he will not be allowed to represent the youth in any capacity whatsoever.

Odinga's private credentials including his mobile phone numbers were later paraded on the platform, customary to how any individual acting against the demands of the Gen Z has been treated.

Photoshopped images showing Odinga donning a UDA t-shirt were also being shared widely by the time of this publication.

X user 5peopleke said "Raila, as you go ahead and dialogue, kindly don't involve us. Discuss your private matters. You don't speak on our behalf."

Another user Cornelius Ronoh said "The dialogue is between two individuals; William Ruto and Raila Odinga. We refuse to be controlled by selfish politicians who only value their stomachs. Gen Zs and Millennials are now taking the bull by the horns. Hatupangwingwi. They will not believe!"


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