HANDSHAKE: 2 MPs moot idea of Constituents “Exchange Programme”.

Rangwe MP Dr. Lilian Achieng Gogo and her Thika Town counterpart Eng. Patrick Wainaina in Asumbi, Rangwe Constituency on Saturday.

Two Jubilee and ODM legislators have mooted the idea of a constituents’ exchange programme aimed at benefitting their people with diversity in skills and expertise.

Noting that before the Uhuru-Raila “Handshake”, it was very unlikely for people from the Mt. Kenya region to freely visit those from Luo Nyanza due to the animosity that emanated from their political and ethnic differences, Rangwe MP Dr. Lilian Achieng Gogo and her Thika Town counterpart Eng. Patrick Wainaina advised Kenyans to take full advantage of this spirit to improve their own lives through intermingling with each other.

While speaking in Asumbi village during a dowry ceremony of Thika MP’s bodyguard on Saturday, the two MPs thanked the both President Uhuru Kenyatta and ODM leader Raila Amollo Odinga for bringing back sanity and unity in the country and leading the troop to ensure Kenya spoke in one voice.

“We must now hold firm to the spirit of the handshake. Kenya was taking a very wrong direction to a point where people just hated each other for no apparent reason. I personally thank President Uhuru Kenyatta and ODM leader Raila Odinga for bringing sanity back in the country,” said Gogo.

She challenged all elected leaders to take advantage of the mood in the country to spearhead development programmes through the implementation of the BIG 4 Agenda.

Dr. Gogo threw her weight behind the government’s fight against corruption but cautioned those who were politicising the matter.

Her counterpart from Thika noted that an exchange programme for people from different background was the best way to heal the nation from the scourge of tribalism.

Wainaina noted that between 2002 and 2007, Kenya realised very rapid economic growth due to a similar political mood that was brought about by the unity pact between the then president Mwai Kibaki and Hon. Raila Odinga.

“History shows that Kenya experienced very rapid (economic) growth during the era of the government of national unity between Kibaki and Raila. It is our time now. This is the time Kenyans really benefitted from the peace and tranquility brought forth by the Handshake,” said Wainaina.

“From now on your people are our people and our people are your people,” he added.

He also supported the fight against graft, calling on the authorities to spare no one found to be guilty of the vice.

The two leaders agreed to very soon lead a delegation from Rangwe constituency to Thika where they will interact and share ideas on how each would benefit from the other.

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