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I told Ruto about the handshake, he should stop being hypocritical – Uhuru

Wednesday, February 23rd, 2022 17:02 | By
President Uhuru Kenyatta and DP William Ruto. PHOTO/Courtesy

President Uhuru Kenyatta on Wednesday called out his deputy William Ruto for claiming that he was not involved in the handshake between him and ODM leader Raila Odinga.

The president said that it was hypocritical for DP to claim that he was not part of the handshake yet he consulted him about it.

Speaking during his meeting with Mt Kenya residents in Sagana State Lodge, the Head of State further revealed that the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) had Ruto's input.

"Saying that I didn't inform him (Ruto) about the handshake is hypocritical," Uhuru charged.

Uhuru said that the handshake with Raila was not about sharing government positions but was meant to bring peace to the country.

"I told Raila that we have already formed a government, but we cannot keep fighting every day, let's sit down and solve our differences. In that meeting we never discussed government positions," he said.

The president further defended BBI noting that the initiative was meant to put more money in the pockets of the common wananchi.

"Where did we go wrong when Raila and I came up with the BBI? As we have previously said, we want government money to go into the pockets of the citizen and not be distributed to cows, goats and sand," he said.

"When we were crafting the BBI, they (DP Ruto and his allies) were involved," he added.

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