( PHOTOS) Gachagua, Raila meet at Africa Climate Summit
Deputy President Rigathi Gachagua today had a brief face-to-face encounter with Azimio leader Raila Odinga as he received him at the Kenyatta International Convention Centre (KICC) for the second day of the Africa Climate Summit.
The two leaders have recently traded barbs over the bipartisan talks, with Gachagua expressing scepticism that the talks will produce a fruitful outcome.
Their previous encounter at the funeral of Mau Mau freedom fighter Brigadier John Kiboko at his Ngorika home in Ol Kalou, Nyandarua County, resulted in a war of words between the two leaders.
Mr Odinga challenged Mr Gachagua to stop dismissing the talks as a waste of time. “Kenya like, any other country, has its problems and the Constitution allows Kenyans to protest to have such problems solved. Hakuna mtu ambaye anaweza kujitokeza na kwenda barabarani kama hakuna shida (No person can come out to protest on the streets if everything is fine). In countries like Senegal, France and others, people protest because they want some problems addressed and it is allowed,” he said.
Gachagua on the other hand took a swipe at Mr Odinga, accusing him of attempting to seek a share of the government and to derail development initiated by the Kenya Kwanza administration. “Former Prime Minister, I don’t oppose dialogue. It is only that we have a bad history about you. Every time you are defeated in elections, you strategise how to get a share of the government,” Mr Gachagua said. “We fear you may ask for a handshake because of past experience.”
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