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According to the senator, President Ruto's plea to the speakers suggests he wants a handshake with the opposition leader.

Narok senator Ledama Olekina has claimed President William Ruto could be eyeing a political truce with Azimio leader Raila Odinga.

The president has addressed a letter to the speakers of both houses of parliament.

He wants the legislative houses to consider the proposal for the creation of the office of the official opposition leader.

"I believe that the idea of Official Opposition, above and beyond mere minority parliamentary leadership, makes tremendous sense in terms of institutionalizing governance, strengthening oversight, and deepening democracy," partly reads Ruto's letter.

Olekina now claims the president's lenience to the proposal implies he is hellbent on a handshake with the former premier.

Narok senator Ledama Olekina. Photo: Facebook.

"Is President William Ruto seeking a “colourful” handshake with my party leader Raila Odinga
through parliament? His recent letter to the speakers of both Houses of Parliament depicts a man whose future will be determined by the application of 48 laws of power and not chest-thumping," tweeted Olekina.

Citing a need for a robust opposition, the president wants the constitution amended so that the roles can be clearly outlined.

Besides the institutionalization of the opposition, Ruto also wants the legislators to consider the return of the Constituency Development, Senate Oversight, and National Government Affirmative Action funds (CDF).