Uhuru and Ruto second handshake suffers blows as allies engage in Supremacy battle


Uhuru and Ruto at Statehouse photo

 Foreign diplomats are pressing President Uhuru Kenyatta and his deputy William Ruto to clear their differences as associates pledged to oppose any political deal between them.  

The envoys, supported by the United Nations, have predominated upon the two leaders to throw in political towels and burry hatches ahead of 2022 elections, in a move that could also unlock infrastructure investments worth billions of shillings.

The priesthood now takes up the mantle of getting the two heads to talk though the negotiators remain quiet on the process.

On Wednesday, Bishop David Oginde of Citam declined to confirm or deny the ‘Handshake II’ efforts, only saying it was not the right time for it.

“It is not yet time for discussion on the same. I know the media would like to hear something, but no. Why don’t you call me later?” Bishop Oginde said.

Sources within the state of affairs say that the tension between Mr Ruto and President Kenyatta also featured on the side-lines of a meeting in France where the Kenyan delegation was negotiating deals between the two states.

Among the deals closed is a public-private partnership (PPP) for the construction of the Nairobi-Nakuru-Mau Summit highway signed between KeNHA and Vinci Concessions, commuter railway line from Nairobi CBD to Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) and the 400kV Menengai-Rongai electricity transmission line.

DP Dr Ruto has also been engaging diplomats in the last few weeks.

On September 24, his helicopter touched down at Muthaiga Golf Club. He had a meeting at the official residence of Simon Mordue, the European Union Ambassador to Kenya.

On hand were ambassadors from 19 European countries. They even took a selfie together. That was the fourth meeting the DP was having with the Europeans.

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