By Ogunyo Thiringinyi
North and South Korean leaders met in a handshake today, hagged and clasped hands. This is after six decades of wars and tensions.
Kim Jong Un of North Korea, the World’s most reclusive leader, met his longtime enemy, South Korean President Moon Jae-In to become the first North Korean leader to cross the demilitarized Zone (DMZ) into South Korean territory since the worst Korean War ended in 1953.
Kim shocked Moon’s hand and both embraced one another after signing Panmunjom Declaration for Peace, Prosperity and Unification of the Korean Peninsula. They agreed on active cooperation, exchanges, visits, and contacts to rejuvenate the sense of national reconciliation and Unity. Its similar to Uhuru–Raila handshake that also shocked Kenya.
Similarities with Uhuru-Raila handshake:
1 — Both Koreans were strange combatants since 1953. Their wars escalated tensions in the Korean Peninsula with serious global implications. Today they signed a deal on denuclearization — a nuclear free Korean – Peninsula.
In Kenya, the Kenyatta and Odinga families have been on ideological war path that begun after Kenya’s independence putting the country in serious risk every election cycle. No one knew it will end in a handshake.
2 — North and South Koreans agreed to end the Korean war and escalate talks even with the United States plus other International community. Raila and Uhuru also agreed to expand the handshake talks committee to include interested parties like religious groups, civil society and may be NGOs. Deals are broken that way.
3 — Koreans agreed on measures to arrange for more engagements in future to reduce international tension..perhaps one day reuniting the Korean Peninsula into one single Republic. The two clasped hands, hagged in a symbolic act of togetherness after a 30 minute private conversation (without hardliners) beamed live around the World.
In Kenya, hardliners were brushed a side in first private conversation at Harambee house that reduced national political tensions and reunited the country to an inclusivity that leads to a new dispensation.
4 — The aggressor Kim Jong-Un arranged the meeting and praised “courageous and bold decision taken by Moon to agree. Similarly, Uhuru who took away Raila’s victory after 2017 elections and later reached for Rao in the handshake. He praised his resilience and bold step. Haha!.
5 — Kim and Moon today agreed to establish a ” joint liaison office to organize reunion of Korean families separated by the six decades old Korean conflict. That office will arrange another high level meetings.
In Kenya, the two established a joint committee to draft the way forward. Raila chose his lawyer Mwangi in the committee.
6 — Kim and Moon agreed that the later will visit Pyongyang to rejuvenate the sense of national reconciliation and unity. Here, Raila is planning to welcome Uhuru in his strongholds to rejuvenate a sense of harmony and national reconciliation. Handshake odhi worldwide…