Robert Alai: "UDA needs handshake more than us [Azimio]"

for Tv47 Digital March 14, 2023, 10:23 AM
Robert Alai: "We need the handshake but UDA needs it more than us." TV47
President William Ruto (left) and Azimio leader Raila Odinga (right). PHOTO/COURTESY

In Summary

  • Kileleshwa MCA Robert Alai revealed that Azimio is angling for a handshake.
  • UDA MPs however asserted that the President will not get into a handshake agreement with Raila Odinga. 

Kileleshwa MCA Robert Alai is anticipating a handshake between the Kenya Kwanza Government and the Azimio La Umoja One Kenya Coalition.

Speaking on TV47's 'Morning Cafe' show, Alai said that a handshake would result to the country achieving cohesion.

"I wish this country would realise that we need the handshake and UDA even needs it more than us. We are doing them a favour," Alai said.

"This country grew most when at least there was quietness and people were working together regardless of political affiliations. This country is too big for us to have to exclude others," he added.

'We don't need handshake'

His opinion was, however, dismissed by his fellow panelists - Nyeri senator Wahome Wamatinga and Webuye MP Martin Wanyonyi, who are Kenya Kwanza members.

Alai further argued that the move tell other Kenya Kwanza affiliate parties to fold up and join UDA was causing cracks within the ruling coalition, and that is why they need the handshake more.

"What is even evident now is that they do not trust each other in Kenya Kwanza. Ford Kenya, ANC and all other parties in Kenya Kwanza other than UDA want a handshake."

And while MP Wanyonyi said that President William Ruto was ready to talk to Azimio leader Raila Odinga, he reiterated that there will be no handshake.

"Every Kenyan including the President of the Republic of Kenya is willing to talk to Azimio leader Raila Amollo Odinga. The only thing that cannot happen is for us to have a handshake. For us to have a 'nusu mkate' government like the one for Uhuru Kenyatta and Mwai Kibaki," said Wanyonyi.

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