Kalonzo, Mudavadi allies speak on negotiations amidst report of their possible inclusion in looming cabinet reshuffle

ANC MP Godfrey Osotsi confirms talks to include Mudavadi in handshake deal

Speaking to a local daily, nominated MP Godfrey Osotsi confirmed that delicate balancing act and negotiations are underway stating that “Mudavadi and Raila have been meeting and talking. He wants to be included in the handshake.”

A possible inclusion of Raila’s allies in the government could make DP Ruto camp jittery. A section of his allies have alleged that the handshake deal as part of a wider scheme to scuttle DP Ruto’s 2022 bid.

A senator from Ukambani region divulged to a local newspaper that negotiations are ongoing for a possible slot for Kalonzo stating that “something is in the offing for Kalonzo, that I can assure you”.

The greatest challenge remains how to navigate a possible backlash that could arise from the looming reshuffle in the spirit of the handshake.

With DP Ruto’s eyes on succeeding President Kenyatta, the anticipated reshuffle and the inclusion of NASA principals Mudavadi and Musyoka who are his potential rivals could have far-reaching consequences on his 2022 quest for the presidency.

Both Uhuru and Raila are keen on leaving behind a united nation as part of their legacies and the handshake deal appears to be delivering the desired results with the nation more united than ever since last year’s general elections.

In an apparent reference to Odinga’s entry into the political equation, Nandi Senator Samson Cheragei stated that "For Jubilee to win elections, there were people who campaigned all over the country. We do not expect that this will be forgotten. Our ruling party does not need any assistance from anyone to run the government".

Should the reshuffle come to pass, Odinga will face the dilemma of appeasing his supporters from Western, Coat, Eastern, Nyanza and other regions who have stood with him during his political battles.

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