Friday, 22 June, 2018

Kenyatta and Odinga vow to work out differences

Kenyan rivals meet for talks following election strife 'We Should Unite': Kenya's Top Political Rivals Hold Surprise Meeting
Gerardo Duncan | 11 March, 2018, 01:55

As Raila Odinga and Uhuru Kenyatta toast, hug and laugh in Nairobi, I remain marooned in Canada because I swore the former in at Uhuru Park on January 30th, 2018.

"We the leaders are summoned to take the front seat and heal the growing ethnic and sectarian strife in the country after every election cycle", Odinga said.

Kenyatta expressed optimism that with direct flights between Kenya and the USA starting this October, there will be an "exponential increase" in the number of American tourists, business people and students, taking advantage of world-renowned tourism products and growing trade and investment opportunities in Kenya.

Madaxweynaha Kenya Uhuru Kenyatta iyo hogaamiyaha Mucaaradka ah ee Raila Odinga ayaa markii ugu horeysay wada kulmay tan iyo doorashadii ka dhacday dalkaasi.

The three co-principals on Friday released a joint statement saying they were kept in the dark about the Friday meeting between President Kenyatta and Odinga at Harambee House.

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".

According to Kenyatta, the two "brothers" had the opportunity to hold extensive discussions on matters of Kenya.

About 150 people were killed in the aftermath of the disputed election. "A free and independent media is essential for safeguarding democracy and giving all Kenyans confidence in their government".

"We have come to a common understanding, an understanding that this country of Kenya is greater than any one individual, and that for this country to come together leaders must come together", Kenyatta said.

"As we fight ostensibly to save ourselves from each other, the reality is that we need to save our children from ourselves. And we look forward to the support of every single leader".

The apex court went on to order a re-run in October, which Odinga boycotted.

Through his Twitter account, Mutua warned Kenyatta and Odinga "not to be derailed by a few known fence sitters".

Political analyst and writer Patrick Gathara said such a dialogue is still needed despite Friday's meeting.

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