President Uhuru Kenyatta and ODM leader Raila Odinga are gearing for national tours to preach development and national cohesion.
The two leaders are also panning to use the tours to propel their handshake that came as a sign of truce after the disputed presidential election.
On Tuesday State House spokesperson Kanze Dena did not mention Raila but said the President’s tour was being prepared.
“We will announce the itinerary when it is ready,” Dena said.
She emphasized that the President’s travels will be about development and national unity, not politics.
“For now, they have to acknowledge that politics will not be given priority, instead we will prioritize the development and unity of Kenyans,” she said.
But one of our sources, an ODM MP who is in the inner circles of Raila told us that Raila was working with the President on the planned tours.
“We are fully aware and are working behind the scenes on a comprehensive programme that will be aligned to the President’s,” the MP said.
Details of the travel plans and handshake promotion emerged on the day Ipsos released a new opinion poll that showed that the country is overwhelmingly behind the March 9, 2018, cooperation deal.
An average of 80 per cent of the respondents nationally said they support the truce.
Northeastern, Nyanza, Nairobi, and Eastern were shown to be leading in approving the political pact at 92 per cent, 88 per cent, 81 per cent and 81 per cent, respectively.
Rift Valley and Central regions tied at 76 per cent. Western and Coast polled 75 and 78 per cent, respectively.
The main reason for the support of the handshake, the poll suggests, is that it has brought about peace and unity and eased political tensions in the country.
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