- Manyora said even in war, nations don't start by signing peace treaties, but they fight first before they see the need for peace.
- He disagreed with those of the opinion that had Raila not gone into the handshake with Uhuru in 2017, he would be the president now.
Political analyst Herman Manyara has spoken against making the handshake look cheap.
Speaking during an interview with NTV on Tuesday, Manyora said no one ever want to share power through a handshake.
He said even in war, nations don't start by signing peace treaties, but they fight first before they see the need for peace.
"Those who talk about the handshake cheaply, cheapening it, I sympathise with them," Manyora said.
He disagreed with those of the opinion that had Raila not gone into the handshake with Uhuru in 2017, he would be the president now.
Manyora said the country was divided and perhaps there would be no country left for Raila to lead.
He recalled that in 2007 the nation almost collapsed adding that other countries have gone down the drain in less serious circumstances.
"A person who agrees to share his power like Kibaki, we must celebrate him. What kind of country were we going to have if the handshake did not happen?" he posed.
"Let nobody rubbish or cheapen the handshake, it is born out of serious circumstances, and it is statesmen who like Uhuru would see yes, I can cling to power, but what I am doing to the country."
He said agreeing to share power is not a simple matter and compromises are not always easy to arrive at.
Manyora said the country is hurting and divided adding that it is up to the leaders to know that the country can go on fire at any time.
" Why, we have half the country in their millions unhappy with what is going on and hurting and in pain. The fact that people are quiet does not mean they are happy," he said.