ODM's Plan to Suspend Uhuru & Odinga Handshake - Junet Responds

  • President Uhuru Kenyatta and ODM leader Raila Odinga shake hands at Harambee House after resolving to work together on March 9, 2018.
    President Uhuru Kenyatta and ODM leader Raila Odinga shake hands at Harambee House after resolving to work together on March 9, 2018.
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  • ODM National Assembly Minority Whip Junet Mohammed has addressed reports that ODM felt disenfranchised and planned on suspending the handshake between President Uhuru Kenyatta and ODM leader Raila Odinga. 

    Taking to Twitter on Tuesday, July 7, he explained that rivals of the handshake were out to undermine it by creating division. 

    “The desperation in Tangatanga is out of this world. How many political leaders are they going to create these fake tweets for? Shame on you,” he criticised. 

    Suna East Member of Parliament Junet Mohamed during a press briefing in September 2018.
    Suna East Member of Parliament Junet Mohamed during a press briefing in September 2018.
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    The false report had been shared by many social media users who were attributing the plan to suspend the handshake to Junet. 

    "Jubilee is treating us like foreigners, we won't allow politics of conmanship and foul play. 

    “They are forcing us to change our BBI proposals, we won't allow. It is better we suspend the handshake," the falsified quote stated. 

    The claims come on the backdrop of a stalemate in the National Assembly between Jubilee and ODM.

    Minority Leader John Mbadi was dissatisfied by the names Majority Leader Amos Kimunya had proposed to join National Assembly committees. 

    Mbadi raised suspicion that allies of Deputy President William Ruto had been sneaked back into powerful committees and their membership could result in coups against proposed new chairs. 

    ODM was concerned that some of the committees critical to the Building Bridges Initiative could not guarantee the report’s successful adoption in the house.

    They include the Justice and Legal Affairs Committee and the Delegated Legislation Committee.

    “We were ready with our list to effect the changes, but when we looked at the proposed names to serve in the JLAC and Delegated committees, the two committees that will be processing the BBI report in the house, we realised they included some people who have strongly been opposing the BBI,” Mbadi told journalists. 

    “We felt that Tanga Tanga MPs could stage a coup and take over the two committees,” the Suba South MP added.

    An image of John Mbadi in 2019
    National Assembly Minority Leader John Mbadi holding up an ODM party membership card in 2019
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