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Is Raila the Architect of Handshakes? Here are 3 Handshakes he has Brokered in Less Than Two Weeks

Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) leader Raila Odinga is political schemer who seizes every opportunity he gets to alleviate his political life and relevance. When many thought he had shot out his last bullet during the 2017 General elections, they are now surprised to see him throwing energetic jabs that are already shaking Kenya's political discourse.

After the highly contested 2017 presidential vote that ended up being nullified by the Supreme Court and subsequent withdrawal from the presidential rerun scheduled for October 26, Raila did the unthinkable five months later. On March 9th 2018, Raila held a closed door meeting with then political rival President Uhuru Kenyatta.The meeting that took place at the official office of the Kenya's Presidents in Harambee Avenue resulted to a handshake.

The handshake left millions of Kenyans confused. But it signified a political truce that ended up bringing calm and a sense of relief in Kenya following year's of disputed elections.Since then Odinga, a master strategist and an excellent political mobiliser has been able to overcome the harsh political climate in the country. Right now, he is a top contender to succeed his handshake partner President Uhuru Kenyatta in the national polls scheduled for August 9th 2022.

Recently he has been on a campaign trail, traversing various parts of the country popularising his bid. In the process he has brokered three heartwarming handshakes that has made his Azimio la Umoja look like a reality show in less than two weeks.

1. CS John Munyes and Loima MP Jeremiah Lomorukai.

On 14th October in Lodwar, the ODM leader united the two in a political event that saw political bigwigs from Turkana pledged to back his 2022 presidential bid. Munyes and Lomorukai are seeking to succeed Governor Nanok who is already serving his second and last term in office on ODM ticket. Munyes in 2013 was elected Senator on a Ford Kenya ticket. In 2017 he shifted his political allegiance to Jubilee party and tried to wrestle Governor Nanok unsuccessfully. When President Uhuru Kenyatta formed his cabinet, he was named as Cabinet Secretary for Petroleum and Mining.

2. CS Peter Munya and Governor Kiraitu Murungi.

His recent charm offensive in the expansive Mt Kenya region has seen him popularise his presidential bid in Meru County. On 19th October 2021 during an event in Tharaka Nithi county, he engineered a handshake between Meru governor Kiraitu Murungi and his political nemesis Peter Munya, who is the country's Cabinet Secretary of Agriculture. The two haven't been seeing each other eye to eye since the brutal political duel in 2017, where Kiraitu defeated Munya. Murungi vied on a Jubilee ticket against Munya's Party of National Unity.

3. Governor James Nyoro and Former Kiambu Governor William Kabogo.

Odinga while on an extensive political tour that lasted about eight hours in Kiambu County accompanied by a number of Members of Parliament across the various counties of Central Kenya brokered another handshake. He engineered the shaking of hands between first Kiambu Governor Hon William Kabogo and incumbent Governor James Nyoro. Nyoro was sworn in as Kiambu County boss after the successful impeachment of Ferdinand Waititu.

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