Uhuru Kenyatta, Raila Odinga Move To Reconcile

11 March, 2018, 01:49 | Author: Kim Reid
  • Then prime minister Raila Odinga and

"I hope the shaking of hands wasn't a PR prank to hoodwink Kenyans in anticipation of US Secretary of State Rex Tillers on visit". And he said he was "looking forward to more opportunities to trade" with Kenya.

Before the Friday meeting, the two men had defied calls from Kenyan civil society, religious leaders, and Western diplomats to hold talks to overcome deep divisions opened up by the disputed elections.

"We have come to a common understanding, an understanding that this country of Kenya is greater thatn any one individual", Kenyatta tweeted.

Kenya's feuding political leaders have announced they will meet to resolve their differences.

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Madaxweynaha Kenya Uhuru Kenyatta ayaa sheegay in Raila Odinga uu yahay Walaalkii, isla markaana ay billaabayaan geedi socodka ay wada xaajoonayaan halka ay dhibaatada iyo kala qeybsanaanto ka timid.

Mr Odinga's and Mr Kenyatta's fathers were allies in the struggle for Kenya's independence from British colonial rule and then became adversaries.

Known for his anti-Jubilee policies, Koigi is popular for his scathing attacks and condemnations against the government, a characteristic also shared by the former Prime Minister.

Odinga, who has refused to recognize Kenyatta as president, paraphrased USA president Abraham Lincoln. "It is good for the country", he said.

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"After the meeting between the two leaders yesterday (Friday), it was clear that the chapter of political competition in the country is over".

Tillerson said Washington looks forward to seeing successful implementation of the Continental Free Trade Area (CFTA) because it offers a big market in which the US wants to engage. The Supreme Court earlier nullified an August presidential poll and ordered the October re-run.

The Kenyan government shut down three television channels in January on the day that Odinga took a symbolic presidential oath in a mock inauguration.

The leader of the Amani National Congress, an affiliate party of the NASA coalition, said the opposition coalition would not abandon its push for electoral justice and reforms in the country despite the truce by Uhuru and Raila.

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