Siaya Governor Cornel Rasanga has thanked President Uhuru Kenyatta and Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) Party leader Raila Odinga for agreeing to work together through the March 2018 handshake.

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Speaking during the Nyanza Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) forum in Kisii on Friday afternoon, Rasanga said that political tensions were the order of the day before the former foes turned allies decided to come together for a common good.

The second-term governor revealed that before the handshake, he could not stand President Uhuru Kenyatta’s portrait, and that he had to throw it away.

“The other time before the handshake, I am the one who took Uhuru Kenyatta’s portrait and threw it far away. But after the handshake, I now see my network is okay (Wakati ile ingine before handshake, mimi ndio nilichukua picha ya Uhuru Kenyatta na nikatupa mbali sana. Na baada ya handshake, naona kama network yangu iko mzuri sana),” said Rasanga during the event televised live by KBC.

He went ahead to say that Kenyans should support the BBI which came about after Uhuru and Raila’s handshake.

“We must support the BBI report the way it is,” added Rasanga. Odinga and various governors, senators and Members of Parliament attended the event.