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June 20, 2018

Ruto, Kalonzo reaffirm 'hugshake' as Sonko hosts them for Iftar dinner

Deputy President William Ruto, former Vice President Kalonzo Musyoka, Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko during the Iftar dinner at Charter Hall, Nairobi on Wednesday June 13, 2018. /GPS
Deputy President William Ruto, former Vice President Kalonzo Musyoka, Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko during the Iftar dinner at Charter Hall, Nairobi on Wednesday June 13, 2018. /GPS

Deputy President William Ruto and former Vice President Kalonzo Musyoka have reaffirmed their commitment to work together despite their different political affiliations.

The two said this as follow up to their truce at the National Prayer Breakfast meeting in May saying "it is for the sake of the country’s unity".

The leaders reiterated the position when they attended an Iftar dinner hosted by Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko at Charter Hall on Wednesday evening.

This was the first meeting since the May 31 'hugshake'.

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"My brother, do not mind what people say, so long we are clear in our minds that we are doing the right things. Those who want to talk can talk," Ruto said.

The DP said that the politics is over and called on politicians to embrace competition based on development agenda rather than division and tribalism.

Kalonzo said that he stands for the country’s unity, but clarified that the handshake does not imply that the opposition had joined the ruling party.

"We are saying that NASA will continue performing its role as the opposition. If there is corruption, like it is now, we will rebuke it and call for action," he added.

Senate Majority leader Kipchumba Murkomen, nominated senator Millicent Omanga, MPs George Aladwa, George Theuri, and former legislator Ishrad Sumra attended the event.

Nairobi county assembly speaker Beatrice Elachi and a number MCAs also attended.

Sonko promised delivery on is pre-election promises to the city residents adding that his administration had partnered with the National Government to transform the city.

"In the coming days, you will work being done. Roads are being repaired and garbage collected," he said.

Ruto said the government has initiated several infrastructural projects in the capital city.

"Very soon, we will launch the construction of social-low cost houses to address the housing shortage. This will be in line with President Uhuru Kenyatta’s big four agenda."

Also read: Ruto apologises to Raila, Kalonzo over 2017 poll insults

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