Opposition MPS slam Mudavadi over his handshake remarks in the US


ODM has dismissed ANC leader Musalia Mudavadi’s remarks that the handshake deal between President Uhuru Kenyatta and Opposition leader Raila Odinga was as a result of pressure from foreign nations.
Mudavadi, who on addressing a group of Kenyans in the diaspora in New Jersey, said the handshake was a result of pressure to cancel visas for the opposition leaders and their associates not patriotism.
“The secret is that slowly visas were being cancelled. And when Visas are cancelled, they don’t just cancel yours alone. They cancel yours, that of your wife, children, and relatives. This is what gave birth to a handshake is personal survival rather than patriotism,” he claimed.
Mudavadi claimed the swearing in of Raila as the people’s president on January 30, 2018 was motivated by personal survival and not patriotism.
Opposition leaders led by ODM Secretary General Edwin Sifuna accused Mudavadi of being ignorant and in the dark about the handshake.
“Immediately Musalia Mudavadi boycotted the event (Raila’s swearing in as people’s president), the trust that existed between him and Raila broke down irretrievably. Raila and ODM decided on that day to chart a new course without our so called coalition partners. Musalia does not know what happened from there on. He was in the dark and he remains in the dark,” said Sifuna.
“He knows nothing about that chapter of Kenya’s history and would be best advised not to parade his ignorance especially in faraway lands,” added Sifuna.
ANC Nominated MP Godfrey Osotsi said Mudavadi was speaking as a lone ranger.
Osotsi said Mudavadi is a beneficiary of the handshake therefore has no moral authority to ridicule the handshake.
“When opposition leaders were given an opportunity by the government to go and launch Huduma Namba he is among the people who were even facilitated to go and launch the initiative” said Osotsi.


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