Mombasa governor Hassan Joho charged the crowd at Mashujaa day celebrations after publicly challenging Deputy President William Ruto to declare support for the handshake that is threatening to tear Jubilee party apart.

Joho made the challenge while inviting Ruto to address the crowd at the event that was attended by President Uhuru Kenyatta and Raila Odinga.

DP Ruto however ignored the challenge and quickly gave his speech even as the crowd cheered to welcome him, waiting to get his response.

President Uhuru Kenyatta, DP Wiliam Ruto and other dignitaries at the Mashujaa Day celebrations
President Uhuru Kenyatta, DP Wiliam Ruto and other dignitaries at the Mashujaa Day celebrations

He gave the controversial subject that is threatening to tear Jubilee apart with his frequent attacks and outbursts targeting former Prime Minister Raila Odinga and the handshake a wide berth, instead heaping praises on President Uhuru Kenyatta for the development witnessed during his tenure.

Most recently, the DP took to Twitter in what many saw as a bold answer to President Uhuru Kenyatta’s angry warning to those opposed to the Building Bidges Initiative birthed by the handshake.

Fiery speech

In his statements, DP Ruto declared that BBI will have to undergo another round of validation by Kenyans a day after his boss angrily spoke against its critics.

DP Ruto arriving for the Mashujaa day celebrations in Mombasa
DP Ruto arriving for the Mashujaa day celebrations in Mombasa

“As a democratic society the proposals by BBI will be subjected to an open national conversation where every voice (the weak/strong, the small/big) will be heard,” tweeted DP Ruto.

Earlier on at the event, Joho delivered a fiery speech in which he thanked Raila Odinga for the handshake, declaring tha Mombasa County had seen the fruits of the pact and vowed to work hand in hand with the president.

“Our lives are changing and I appreciate the President for the projects that he has initiated for the county of Mombasa…We have learnt and appreciate what unity can do for all of us as a country.” Joho said.

“I’m planning and doing anything that I can to stay in government and support Uhuru Kenyatta going forward” he added.