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Photo: Former Funyula MP Dr Paul Otuoma shakes hands with Busia Governor Sospeter Ojaamong during the burial of Margaret Oruma, 80, the mother-in-law to Kakamega Governor Wycliffe Oparanya in Mungatsi on Saturday.

Otuoma extends golden handshake to Ojaamong before Raila

Former Prime Minister Raila Odinga and Busia Governor Sospeter Ojaamong during the burial of Margaret Oruma, 80, the mother-in-law to Kakamega Governor Wycliffe Oparanya in Mungatsi on Saturday.

Former Funyula MP   Dr Paul Otuoma  today extended  the now golden handshake to  Busia Governor  Sospeter Ojaamong before  former Prime Minister  Raila.

The burial of  Kakamega Governor  Wycliffe Oparanya’s mother   Margaret  Shiundu, 80, in Mungatsi, Busia County on Saturday  saw another handshake  between  Oparanya and  former Kakamega Senator    Bonny Khalwale  who was floored  during the gubernatorial contest.

Otuoma  whom the  Governor honored to come and  greet  mourners  said his battle  with the Governor started  with  the nominations, elections and later  in court. ” Others said I appeal the verdict but  I declined the proposal.

This is true  handshake which has come from the bottom of my heart. Let it be a genuine handshake.  We should forget about the past and forge  ahead.  Tomorrow is also a day,” he said.

On his part, the  Governor said it is good that his opponent  has finally thrown  in the towel  after running here and there  to have the elections annulled but to no avail.

Let me now embark on  serving the people of Busia County  without an iota of discrimination,” he said, in response  to Otuoma’s  move to abandon   his previous hard stand.

Oparanya  lauded the handshake between  Otuoma and  Ojaamong  saying that is  the best way to steer the country to greater heights instead of  remaining permanent enemies.

Raila  said he is  happy Oparanya and Khalwale  shook hands here in Busia.  ”  What I am  against is the perceived   Luhya unity. This is an exercise in futility.  What we need are policies that can unite  all Kenyans and bring  numerous changes and end  fight corruption in the country.

Our handshake with Uhuru will bear  fruits.  The 12-member  committee  will come with their recommendations which we shall adopt  contrary to skeptics that  I am  after  a coalition government ,” he said.

The burial was  also attended  by  Siaya Governor  Cornel Rasanga, Senate Speaker   Kenneth Lusaka,   Deputy Governors  Moses Bulomi (Busia), Philip Kutima (Kakamega), First Ladies from Kakamega, Busia,  Kisii,  Trans Nzoia and Siaya,  Siaya  Senator James Orengo, Women representatives Florence Mutua (Busia), Elisie Muhanda (Kakamega) ,  ODM Secretary General  Edwin Sifuna, Maendeleo  ya  Wanawake national chairperson Rahab Mwikali and a host of MPs and MCAs.

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