President William Ruto and Former President Uhuru Kenyatta were photographed shaking hands at a public gathering during the inauguration ceremony of president-elect Félix Antoine Tshisekedi in Kinshasa on Saturday. The ceremony, held at Martyrs Stadium, marked Tshisekedi’s re-election for a second term after securing over 70% of the votes cast in the December 2023 general elections.

Uhuru, present as the Facilitator of the EAC-led Nairobi Peace Process, sat a few meters apart from Ruto during the inauguration. Notably, the last time they were seen sitting next to each other was during the inauguration of President Ruto at Kasarani on September 13, 2022.

The handshake between Uhuru and Ruto comes after a prolonged period of strained relations, exacerbated by Uhuru’s endorsement of Azimio Chief Principal Raila Odinga for the presidency over Ruto, whom he had initially pledged to support.

The unexpected interaction at the DRC ceremony has ignited reactions among Kenyans, with many expressing surprise and speculating on the implications of this rare gesture between the two political figures.

Reactions from Kenyans:

  1. “Wow, this handshake is surprising! What does it mean for the political landscape back home?”
  2. “Could this be a sign of reconciliation or just a diplomatic gesture for the occasion?”
  3. “The body language says a lot. Kenya, brace yourself for some political twists and turns!”
  4. “After all this time, a handshake between Uhuru and Ruto. The dynamics are changing!”
  5. “I never thought I’d see the day. This handshake is going to be analyzed for days!”

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