Handshake apart from building a truce between President Uhuru Kenyatta and Raila Odinga, it has also helped to serve political interest of Raila Odinga. It has given Raila Odinga a boost to his presidency, even though he has not declared his bid in the coming general elections.
It has helped him to tame Deputy President William Ruto. Uhuru shortchanged his deputy by shaking hands with Raila Odinga who was there political rival from 2013 to 2018. Ruto’s camp has been annihilated by president Uhuru. Some of his allies have been ousted as a way of taming him.
Since handshake Raila has re-energized because of the support of the state. Even if his presidential bid is banal since he is going to vie for the fifth time, handshake has made him a factor. Despite being emblazoned with great names Raila has never won presidency. Deputy president also admitted that his strongest political opponent in the coming election is Raila Odinga.
He has not declared his bid but he is being viewed as the front runner by the deputy president and his allies.
Since handshake, Raila odinga has been accompanying his handshake partner to launch various development projects. The question that Kenyans should be asking themselves is, who is Raila Odinga in government to launch government projects?
The fallout between the president and his deputy may lead to the president supporting former prime minister. If ODM leader get the endorsement of President Uhuru then that will be a boost to his presidential bid.
On Monday, the son of Jaramogi visited Kisumu to prepare ground for the president who is set to visit the lakeside city next week to lead the country in madaraka day celebration.
When the two had the handshake they explained that it was for the good of the country. Handshake has helped cripple the opposition and as things stands today, there is no serious opposition party in Kenya. It can therefore be said that it has helped the president to serve his second term peacefully.