Kenyatta & Odinga handshake a precedent for Museveni-Besigye (& JPAM) Namugongo handshake

 DAILYNEWS UG: This handshake below between the two Kenya Politicians is about healing and national unity.

President Uhuru Kenyatta’s agreement with Nasa leader Raila Odinga remains shrouded in, mystery, with speculation that it might involve power sharing and requisite constitutional changes, which Mr Odinga has been pushing for.

Nasa leader Raila Odinga and President Uhuru Kenyatta when they met at Harambee House in Nairobi on March 9, 2018.

he handshake fever is going international. Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni and opposition leader Kizza Besigye on Sunday became the latest leaders to shake hands.

The two met during Martyrs Day celebrations at Anglican Shrine in Namugongo, Central Uganda.

President Museveni and Dr Besigye shook hands not once, but twice during the Martyrs Day event sparking some excitement online.

The two leaders have only shook hands twice after their heated campaigns in 2016. Both incidents have been at the Namugongo shrine.

The first was in November 2016 during Pope Francis’ Mass at the shrine and now in June 3 during Martyrs Day.

Ugandans are hoping that the latest handshake, just like in Kenya’s case, would bring unity talks.

Even before the Martyrs Day celebrations commenced on Sunday at Namugongo in Wakiso District, everyone looked forward to witnessing President Museveni and his four time presidential challenger Dr Kizza Besigye’s historic meeting.

As they say history repeats itself, the two again shook hands indeed, leaving thousands of pilgrims gathered at the Namugongo, Anglican Shrine excited.

The excitement was further demonstrated when Prime Minister Dr Ruhakana Rugunda left the congregation in a thunderous applause after introducing Dr Besigye as one of the political leaders who had attended the Martyrs Day celebrations under the theme “Let us walk in the light of God as a family (1 John 1:5-10).”

When Museveni, Besigye historic handshake first happened in November 2015, for the first time in a long time, during the Papal visit, nothing much came out of it given the fact that it was barely three months to the February 2016 presidential elections.

Besigye lost the election again but insisted had won with more than 50 percent.

At Sunday’s event led by Tororo Archdiocese, Mr Museveni also shook the hand of the key players in the 2016 presidential race, former Prime Minister Amama Mbabazi.

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