Monday July 15, 2019-Jubilee Secretary-General, Raphael Tuju, has opened up on details that led to the famous March 9, 2018, handshake between ODM leader, Raila Odinga, and President Uhuru Kenyatta.

Speaking during an interview with Taifa Leo, Tuju narrated how Raila used threats of secession to force the President into the handshake.

The former Rarieda MP claimed that Odinga threatened to unify all the areas that supported him in the 2017 General Election and push for autonomy.

“Before the handshake, there were some people who had ignited the secession debate so you ask yourself who would want to lead a nation which part of the population wants to secede,” Tuju continued.

The CS without portfolio went on to explain that the President had no option but to give in to Odinga’s demands so as to keep the nation united.

“The fate of Kenya depended on resolving issues of enjoining all in the government for everyone to feel part and parcel of this country,” he explained.

He further stated that those fighting the handshake were ill-advised as no one would want to lead a divided nation.

Tuju also explained how difficult it was for both parties to have a seat down and resolve the issues due to their insider’s tough stands.

The decision to have the handshake, according to Tuju, was a move to put the nation's interests before their individual ones.


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