The spirit of handshake whose pace was set by President Uhuru Kenyatta and his political nemesis Raila Odinga was reignited on Saturday at the coastal town of Mombasa.

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Deputy President William Ruto visited Governor Hassan Joho's offices where the two held a brief meeting before the former left for other functions.

It was the first formal meeting between the duo in as many years and comes just a month after Raila was appointed to AU as special envoy.

Details of the brief meeting however remain scanty but Mr Ruto could be keen to lure Joho to his camp in a bid to secure coastal region support ahead of 2022.

Joho, who doubles as ODM deputy party leader, is a trusted lieutenant of Raila Odinga and has severally sworn loyalty to the former Prime Minister.

Since 2017, Ruto has made several trips to the coast and has managed to win support from local leadership, a move that has partly rattled Raila.

Ruto was hosting visiting Mozambique President Filipe Nyusi at State House and is expected to tour Bomet on Sunday where he will be received by former Governor Isaac Ruto.