Deputy President William Ruto has castigated the Opposition for allegedly plotting to scuttle the Jubilee Party using the handshake.
Leaders allied to the DP also picked up the cue, and accused ODM leader Raila Odinga of starting a movement to sabotage Ruto's ascendancy to the presidency in 2022.
On attacks by a section of MPs led by Maina Kamanda (Nominated), the DP, speaking in Maragua, Murang'a County yesterday, said the group was being used by the Opposition to fight him.
Ruto described Raila as one who had perfected the art of breaking friendship and distracting governments from undertaking development projects.
“They have initiated Stop Ruto Movement to distract the Government from undertaking its development responsibilities,” said the DP.
Speaking at Kamahuha Girls' High School, Ruto accused the Opposition of misleading MPs, who had since left their development responsibilities for "baseless politics".
“The leaders have a role to ensure we have education, electricity connectivity in homes and better roads,” said the DP.
Ruto attacked the handshake and how it had restructured local politics.
“The Opposition had failed to organise itself. How can it provide advise to Jubilee government, which has elaborate development plans and agenda that will transform the country?” he posed.
He called Opposition chiefs "wolves who cannot be trusted". “Jubilee will remain intact and ensure the projects we started are completed," said Ruto.
Murang’a Governor Mwangi wa Iria accused leaders of playing politics in churches, saying the clergy should discourage them.
He said he wanted a precedent set in Murang’a, with politicians only entertained if they had development agenda. “The church should be used to educate the public on the need for unity,” said Iria.
Ruto was accompanied by MPs Mary Waithera (Maragua), Sabina Chege (Murang'a), Faith Gitau (Nyandarua), Alice Wahome (Kandara), Rigathi Gachagua (Mathira) and Joyce Korir (Bomet).
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