Published: Sun, March 11, 2018
World News | By Laverne Osborne

Kenya's president and opposition leader promise to unite country

Kenya's president and opposition leader promise to unite country

Friday's breakthrough came just hours before U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson's first official visit Kenya.

NASA Chief Raila Odinga yesterday 9th March met with President Uhuru Kenyatta at Harambee where the two leaders pledged to unite the country.

Speaking after the rare and historic meeting, Odinga told reporters: "The time has come for us to consult and resolve our differences, these differences are becoming too entrenched, people are dying out of these differences".

"Kenya is a country of tremendous opportunity", he said at a news conference after his arrival.

Alfred Mutua has issued a warning following the meeting between Raila Odinga and President Uhuru Kenyatta.

He also expressed hope that the new beginnings would see Kenyans and development take centre stage and "not using tribal cocoons to bargain for positions".

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Kenyatta was sworn in last November for a second term after winning a repeat presidential election last October 26 that Odinga boycotted.

In a statement posted to Facebook on Friday, he called the rapprochement "a fundamental betrayal of the innocent Kenyans who have lost their lives" supporting Odinga in several elections over the last decade.

Mudavadi noted that the other three NASA co-principals, himself, Kalonzo Musyoka and Moses Wetangula were "neither aware, briefed, consulted nor invited", to the meeting between Kenyatta and Odinga. "It is good for the country", he said. "The United States looks forward to supporting the process that was announced this morning to bring the country together, and to address the various national divisions".

Last year's fraught election season saw one presidential poll annulled by the courts and the re-run boycotted by the opposition.

Odinga refused to recognize Kenyatta's win; in January, he held a rally where his supporters symbolically inaugurated the opposition leader as president.

Political analyst and writer Patrick Gathara said such a dialogue is still needed despite Friday's meeting. "... You know the West has been very keen on trying to get Uhuru and Raila to meet".

Machakos governor, Alfred Mutua and his Nyeri counterpart Mutahi Kahiga said the meeting of the two national leaders has eased ethnic tension and was a step in the right direction.

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