Raila Odinga has said he went to Jubilee to unite a country that had been polarised by open ethnicity and political profiling.
While attending a thanksgiving ceremony for an Orange Democratic Movement loser, John Loisa, in the last ward election in Dalalekutuk on Saturday, Raila said he is happy Kenyans are now united than before.
“When I decided to work with President Uhuru Kenyatta after that golden handshake, political temperatures came down. Everyone is now shaking hands for the good of our country,” said Raila who graced the occasion in Loisa’s home in Enkorika are of Kajiado Central.
Raila said he was not after jobs or political favours when he took the first step to heal the country, and that his coming together with Kenyatta will allow the country to develop for the good of all Kenyans.
He caused laughter when he said when he said his handshake with Kenyatta is now being emulated the world over.
“Three days ago Korean leaders bonded over handshakes during a world summit in a positive mood that appears to break 65 years of North and South animosity,” said Raila
Raila was referring to a recent summit when the two leaders shook hands as if old friends were catching up after a long separation, and 65 years of animosity and occasional spilt blood seemed to wash away in an instant.
North Korean leader, Kim Jong-un, and the South Korean president, Moon Jae-in met at the world’s most militarised border.
There was no enmity as the two greeted each other at a uniquely peaceful point on the 155-mile (250km) border, and both men took great pains to ensure their meeting produced a positive appearance.
The Enkorika thanksgiving ceremony was attended by Kajiado Central MP Kanchory Memusi, Kajiado East MP Peris Tobiko, Kajiado County ODM defacto leader, Tarayia ole Kores and Nairobi businessman/politician Jimmy Wanjigi.
The presence of Tobiko in a wholly ODM affair raised eyebrows owing to the fact that she heaped praises to Kores and Raila saying they are trusted leaders.
Tobiko made the remark three weeks after she said she will support Governor Joseph Lenku in his second bid for the seat in 2022.
ODM nominated MCA Sandra Marion and other elected opposition MCAs attended the homecoming ceremony.
Meanwhile in Kajiado West, Governor Joseph Lenku was hosted by more than 3, 000 people from the Keek-Onyokie community at the home of former ODM politician Joseph ole Simel.
During the party, Simel who has been a supporter of Raila Odinga for many years said he will support Lenku in 2022.