Published: Sun, March 11, 2018
Global Media | By Abel Hampton

Kenyatta and Odinga vow to work out differences

Kenyatta and Odinga vow to work out differences

On South Sudan, the Kenyan leader said that his country, together with other regional partners, has remained fully engaged in finding a lasting solution. "Elections come and go but Kenya remains".

The controversial MP of Parliament who has over the years locked horns with Ruto over a myriad of political issues, declared that he will not mind if President Kenyatta will appoint Odinga to the government.

Kenyatta, for his part, said during the meeting that the solid friendship and cooperation that continues to deepen, only serves to encourage Kenya to strengthen its resolve to work together with the USA toward an even brighter future, the statement said.

But some Kenyans said the meeting was merely a veneer of unity ahead of a visit to Nairobi on Friday by US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and it would do little to address underlying divisions that fueled last year's violence.

His planned schedule on Saturday had included a visit to a US-funded HIV/AIDS programme and attendance at a ceremony marking 20 years since Al-Qaeda bombed the United States embassies in Kenya and Tanzania, killing 224 people.

The two leaders from antagonizing divides sitting down together caused a lot of reactions as many saw it as a positive steps towards the restoration of a country which was already shattered from political and tribal differences.

In the statement, they also rejected the Opposition's mock swearing-in of Mr Odinga as the "people's president", and further criticised Jubilee's excesses of switching off television signals as isolated illegalities.

He said they have agreed to stop any dissent immediately and not to allow the country's diversity to kill their nation.

A joint statement signed by Kenyatta and Odinga identified key areas that will be at the center stage of their new mission to promote national healing.

"The US should not be dismissed or discounted".

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, who is on his first-ever Africa tour as Washington's top diplomat, on Saturday cancelled his programme in Kenya because he was feeling unwell, officials said.

That's not a coincidence, said independent political analyst Martin Andati.

Odinga who later boycotted the October 26 presidential polls citing uneven playing field had vowed not to recognize Kenyatta's presidency.

He later met with President at State House where he stated the USA was interested in widening its investment in Kenya as well as strengthening the bilateral and trade relations between the two countries.

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