When president Uhuru Kenyatta and NASA leader Raila Odinga met on 9th of March earlier in the year at the doorsteps of Harambee house a sense of calm was felt in most parts of country despite minimal opposition.
Even though details of the pact signed by the two leaders who are sons of Kenya’s founding fathers remain scanty, their unity has been felt at different level by their die-hard supporters.
Yesterday when president Kenyatta addressed a joint sitting of parliament leaders of both government and opposition were present unlike in the past two years when opposition boycotted with some even heckling his speech with whistles.
Kenyatta met face to face and embraced Embakasi East lawmaker Babu Owino who has insulted him in the past with heavy words.
Kenyatta publicly apologized to Kenyans for any wrong he may has done during the campaign season sentiments echoed by his deputy William Ruto and Homabay senator Moses Kajwang’.
“If there is anything i said last year that hurt you or damaged the unity of the country, I ask you to forgive me,”Kenyatta told parliament.
The Kenyatta-Odinga unity referred to as “the handshake” has also prevented another phase of chaos that would have erupted due to the recent wrangles witnessed at the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission(IEBC) that has split commissioners ostensibly into their political affiliations.
Another danger that was prevented by the handshake is the latest revelations that American company Cambridge Analytica was used by Jubilee party to propagate propaganga against Raila Odinga presidential bid.
Kenyatta and Odinga have promised to unite Kenyans by laying out contentious issues like lack national ethos and ethnicity that has split Kenyans since Independence.
Though the pact they signed remain more theoretical Kenyans are anxious for it to be rolled by the 14 members committee under the leadership of Martin Kimani and lawyer Paul Mwangi.