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Visa ban threats forced Raila to enter Handshake deal with Uhuru – Mudavadi

The handshake between ODM party leader Raila Odinga and President Uhuru Kenyatta could have been precipitated by personal interests as opposed to the patriotism and unity ideals that the two leaders have harped at every opportunity.

Amani National Congress leader Musalia Mudavadi has made claims to the effect that some of the Western countries threatened to cancel visas for opposition leaders unless they entered a deal to calm the rising temperatures in the country.

“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,” Mudavadi is quoted by the Standard.

ANC leader Musalia Mudavadi has claimed Uhuru-Raila handshake deal saved Raila from imminent visa ban. Photo: Nation

Mudavadi who made the remarks while addressing a meeting at Muungano SDA Church in New Jersey on Tuesday evening, said the March 9, 2018 handshake was a survival tool and had little about calming the political temperatures.

“I want you to go home knowing that I, Musalia, do not believe in cheating you. I believe in telling you the truth. So what gave birth to a handshake is personal survival rather than patriotism.”

In a rejoinder, Raila’s spokesperson Dennis Onyango dismissed Mudavadi’s claims saying the ANC party leader was  bitter for having been left in the dark about the event.

Mudavadi and co-principals Kalonzo Musyoka and Moses Wetang’ula were left out of the swearing in of Raila, an issue that elicited heated debate with the three calling out Raila for betrayal.

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