Gachagua: Talks on handshake are out of question


• He says government is committed to the dialogue but on important issues only.

Rigathi Gachagua
Image: The-Star

Deputy President Rigathi Gachagua has reaffirmed the government's commitment to the resumed bipartisan negotiations while emphasising that the talks will not be about a handshake or power sharing.

He declared that the discussions will be limited to critical national problems.

"We have allowed our people like Kimani Ichung'wah and Aaron Cheruiyot to talk to Azimio people over issues which they will tell us," Gachagua said.

He delivered the remarks on Tuesday in Eldoret town, where he had just presided over the beginning of the construction of a new road.

Gachagua claimed that because they had no possibility to resume their now-unacceptable street protests, the opposition had no choice but to participate in the bipartisan negotiations.

"We have now closed all roads for them and they cannot go back for protests," the DP said.

He claimed that President William Ruto and his staff were occupied taking care of crucial matters pertaining to the nation's development.

As a part of the negotiations team, Cheruiyot claimed to have made sure that the Azimio side's acknowledgment of President Ruto served as the meeting's entrance password.

Additionally, he promised to make sure that no discussions about a potential handshake ever take place.

"We are asking wananchi not to worry because we know what we are doing in the talks," Cheruiyot said.

All Kenyans, according to Gachagua, are invited to join the administration and take part in the nation's development.

He was with local MPs, Senator Jackson Mandago, and Governor Jonathan Bii of Uasin Gishu.

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