Effects of the 2018 handshake on Kenya’s economy


The 2018 handshake between the former president Uhuru Kenyatta and Azimio la Umoja leader Raila Odinga caused more harm than good on Kenya’s economy.

This is evident after following up people’s opinions here in Bungoma county who insisted Ruto’s regime should not allow handshake to ensure his government has an opposition party to keep him on his toes.

Another resident still in Bungoma county echoed her complains insisting how the cost of living went high after the handshake. They added life got tough for a common mwananchi especially the boda boda people, mama mboga and other small business owners.

Majority of Kenyans about 80% supported the march 2018 handshake between the former president Uhuru Kenyatta and Raila Odinga; though the support was slightly lower in central, rift valley and western regions.the main reason for the support of the handshake, is that it seemingly brought about peace and unity in the (86%) and eased political tensions in the country.  

On the other hand, the negators of the handshake claim that it brought about political confusion, instability and further weakened the opposition and the country’s economy.

Speaking during the 2022 presidential debate on Tuesday, July 27, Ruto said the jubilee administration’s plans to increase food security stalled when the two leaders agreed to work together. He accused president Uhuru Kenyatta of setting aside important projects and focusing on unnecessary dealings and hence caused a high cost of living.

“We had a big four agenda and plan, including food security and agriculture but the plan  did not work because it was sabotaged,” Ruto said.

The only positive effect of the handshake between former president Uhuru Kenyatta and opposition leader Raila Odinga it marked the end of all political hostilities and ostensibly opened floodgates for tourist arrivals. Amid heightening political stability, and a peaceful business environment.

Bungoma residents among other Kenyans have insisted that president Ruto’s government should allow handshake again. 

By Marion Wafula


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