One of the biggest mysteries, ever since March 2018 when the president and the former Prime Minister shook hands on the steps of Harambee House, has always been, who exactly reached out to who.
Different people have given different versions. DP William Ruto has said that a desperate Raila first reached out to him, and when he turned him down, he went to the president. Miguna Miguna, on the other hand, has said that the two are a devious pair that has always been in contact, devising a selfish plot to get more and more power.
However, on Wednesday, in an interview on KTN with Ken Mijungu, during the 9 AM news hour, the usually cautious and careful Jubilee Secretary General Raphael Tuju, let out on the secret of what really happened.
Tuju was explaining to Mijungu the history of the handshake, what necessitated it, and its benefits so far, when he mentioned exactly what happened.
Tuju began by emphasising Kenya’s importance to the international community, Nairobi being UN’s third most important capital in the world. He then reminded Mijungu of the chaos that was taking place “just across the street” (KTN offices are located on Kenyatta Avenue), and across the country in general, with running battles everywhere. Tuju revealed it was at this point that the president decided to look for Raila, and try to come up with an amicable working solution.
In a rare indulgence, the Secretary General also, for the first time, entertained questions about his deputy party leader. In the past, he has always shunned such questions, describing them as above his pay grade.
On Wednesday, however, he spoke of his relationship with the deputy president, saying that on a personal level, he has quite a healthy relationship with him, describing him as a fine gentleman. On a policy level, however, he said that they had stark differences of opinion concerning BBI. Without shading more light on what occasioned this difference in opinion, Tuju simply said that the BBI was of great importance to the president, and because of this, he felt obligated to follow it through to the very end.