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Raila hasn't told me he wants to be President - Uhuru

In Summary

• Deputy President William Ruto and his allies have previously accused Raila of trying to divide Jubilee under the guise of trying to promote the Handshake.

• During the AfroChampions forum, Uhuru said he has "no clue" who ODM is.

President Uhuru Kenyatta and ODM leader Raila Odinga at the AfroChampions forum on Wednesday, April 17, 2019
President Uhuru Kenyatta and ODM leader Raila Odinga at the AfroChampions forum on Wednesday, April 17, 2019
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President Uhuru Kenyatta today defended ODM leader Raila Odinga against accusations he is out to wreck Jubilee Party.

Uhuru said that he and Raila had never discussed Jubilee or ODM politics and it is therefore "pettiness" for people to continue insisting the handshake was about political machinations.

"He has never told me he wants to be president in 2022; I have not told him I want to continue to be president in 2022. We have just been talking about the issues that affect our people," Uhuru said.

Some Jubilee politicians including Deputy President William Ruto have claimed that Raila was using the handshake with Uhuru to create rifts within the ruling party.

"Oh oh, Raila anavunja Jubilee... which Jubilee have we talked about. Oh Uhuru anaingilia mambo ya ODM... Me, I have no clue even who ODM is," Uhuru said on Wednesday.

He added; "When it comes to infrastructure, what do we need to do? We discuss and we support each other and agree."

Uhuru said that discussions between him and Raila have only centred on how to make life better for Kenyans in all aspects.

"When it comes to health, this is what we need to do. What is this issue of digitising our records and what is it about. We sit, we discuss, we agree. He also gives me ideas that enhance something and make it even better. Now, what's wrong with that?" the President said. 

The President spoke when he officially closed the inaugural AfroChampions Boma forum on African infrastructure financing and delivery.

Deputy President William Ruto and his allies have previously accused Raila of trying to divide Jubilee under the guise of trying to promote the Handshake.

During the AfroChampions forum, Uhuru said he has "no clue" who ODM is.

 "The most important thing is us. It's our people, our country, our future," he concluded.