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Murkomen reveals how he beat Kibaki, Moi in the 'handshake contest'

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Elgeyo Marakwet Senator Kipchumba Murkomen during a past event. He now says he was the second leader to reconcile with opposition boss Raila Odinga after President Uhurur Kenyatta. [Photo/standardmedia.co.ke]

Elgeyo Marakwet Senator Kipchumba Murkomen now says that he has achieved big in the ongoing handshake and reconciliation spree spearheaded by opposition leader Raila Odinga.

Speaking during a funeral service in Nandi Hills in Nandi county on Saturday, the Senate Majority Leader revealed that he was the second leader to reconcile with the National Super Alliance (NASA) leader after President Uhuru Kenyatta.

This, he noted, was before the veteran politician travelled to retired President Daniel Moi's Kabarak home in Nakuru in what the leader said was a friendly visit, followed by another meeting with retired President Mwai Kibaki on Friday.

"There is nothing wrong with leaders reconciling as long as its for the benefit of the nation. I too have followed suit and was actually the second leader to shake hands with Raila Odinga after President Kenyatta," he disclosed.

The Deputy President William Ruto close ally further faulted claims that the DP's camp is opposed to the move, calling for the continuation of the same.

"We are not opposed to the trend and we actually need more of the handshakes not only among leaders but citizens as well. There is need for the nation to overcome its shortcomings whose remedy lies in the hands of all Kenyans alike," he added.

Ruto's side has however raised concerns over alleged hidden plans in the Uhuru-Odinga reconciliation, noting that it could be a plot by the former Premier to push for a constitutional amendment to expand the executive.

The DP has, however, vowed to spearhead a counter against the same should his suspicion prove real.

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