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Sakaja: People surrounding Ruto are afraid of unity with Raila

Nairobi Governor Johnson Sakaja has continued with his truce campaigns seeking to bring together President William Ruto and the Azimio La Umoja one Kenya Coalition leader Mr Raila Odinga.

Since the governor took office, he has been saying that the country belongs to all the tribes and there should be a working relationship for them all, irrespective of their political support.

According to the recent remarks from Governor Sakaja, the people closest to President Ruto are the ones against the handshake with Azimio.

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While speaking after church service on Sunday at Kahawa West, the governor said that the President is ready to work with all leaders.

“The President has said he is ready to work with all leaders. The President has said he is willing to work for those who voted for him and those who didn’t vote for him. Whoever, some leaders are trying to become hardliners to tell the President not to reach out,” Governor Sakaja said.

The governor said that the country needs each other to lower the cost of living, which has become out of reach to many Kenyans.

“Kenya Kwanza politics is politics of inclusion and I know that is what the President stands for…there are people who are afraid. I don’t why they are afraid of unity.”

This comes even as the President and his deputy Rigathi Gachagua reiterate that there will be no handshake with the opposition.

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The DP said on Sunday night in an interview with the media that the Kenya Kwanza government is ready to strengthen the opposition side in the National Assembly by creating the Official Office of the Leader of Opposition to keep the government on its toes.

The governor also said Azimio’s protest scheduled for March 20th in Nairobi is not good for businesses.

“Nairobi tuko kabila yote, tuko vyama vyote, tunafanya kazi pamoja. Mimi sitakubali mali ya tu wa Nairobi, biashara ya mtu wa Nairobi, maisha ya mtu wa Nairobi ihatarishwe kwa sababu ya maandamano.”

However, his calls for a peaceful working relationship have landed him in trouble with a section of close allies to the President.

“Sakaja Johnson on this you are wrong, Tinga shall not be near our beloved H.E Ruto you can go ahead and do handshake/handcheque with Tinga alone the way you have done with AZIMIO-OKA remnants in Kanairo,” Nandi Hills Senator Samson Cherargei said through a post on Twitter.

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