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Kalonzo seeks out Sonko in ‘handshake race’

Wiper Party leader Kalonzo Musyoka paid a courtesy call to Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko at City Hall on Tuesday.

The meeting comes four days after Governor Sonko held consultative talks with opposition leader Raila Odinga on “the state of the city”.

The agenda of Kalonzo’s meeting with Sonko remains unclear, though the governor said that the former vice president praised the “progress made by my administration in transforming Nairobi”.

 

The Kalonzo-Sonko handshake falls into the emerging pattern of politicians shaking hands to seal political realignments.

The handshake race started with Raila’s  unity handshake with President Uhuru Kenyatta after a closed door meeting at Harambee House in March.

Kalonzo soon after expressed his desire to also meeting with President Kenyatta together with the other Nasa Principles.

And when Raila met with retired president Daniel Moi, Kalonzo did not hide his intention to get a similar audience.

“I must congratulate my brother Raila Odinga because I saw him going to see Mzee Moi. I also want to go and see Mzee Moi. We must now open this space. We also must respect our elders and go and seek their opinion,” Mr Musyoka said while addressing journalists at JKIA after his election observer mission in Azerbaijan.

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