Mombasa Governor Ali Hassan Joho, on Wednesday, lashed out at Deputy President William Ruto for opposing the handshake between President Uhuru Kenyatta and Former Prime Minister Raila Odinga.
Joho, who met with Taita Taita Governor Granton Samboja and members of the county assembly (MCAs), said he could not understand why Ruto is opposed to the handshake yet it has united the country.
“I fail to understand Ruto who has decided to oppose the handshake. How do you do that? How can you oppose your country to be united?” he quipped.
The Governor said Uhuru and Raila were forced to bury their hatchet to unite the country because they both enjoy the support of millions of Kenyans.
“Raila got millions of votes in 2013 and 2014 you cannot wish away millions of Kenyans who queued and voted for him. It is the same way that Raila did not wish away millions of Kenyans queued and voted for Uhuru Kenyatta,” he said.
Joho added that Mombasa and Taita Taveta counties will support the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) to bring peace in the country.
“We have agreed to throw our weight behind the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI), as a way of promoting unity and realising peace and cohesion in our country. This initiative, we believe, will be one of the surest ways of building a prosperous Kenya” he said.
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The BBI has come under a lot of criticism from Ruto and politicians allied to him.
Ruto has, in several instances, claimed that the BBI is a ploy by some politicians to get power through the backdoor in 2022. Recently, after the Kibra by-election, he accused Raila of using the handshake to bring disunity to the Jubilee Party.