Kenyatta meets with fiery opposition leader Odinga

  • Kenyatta meets with fiery opposition leader Odinga

Kenyatta meets with fiery opposition leader Odinga

Friday's truce between political arch-rivals President Uhuru Kenyatta and Nasa leader Raila Odinga has rekindled the role of the global community, which has in the past midwifed political deals.

"What we said to him.is that you have a really tremendous opportunity for historic times to really push forward political and economic reforms", Yamamoto told The Wallstreet Journal.

The talks happened as US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson arrived in the country and is scheduled to meet President Kenyatta.

Security in the Kenyan capital was tightened at the time before and during the self-declared "inauguration" of Odinga's opposition "resistance movement" which the government declared a criminal group.

He added: "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".

Uhuru was sworn in last November for a second term after winning a repeat presidential election last October 26 boycotted by Raila.

President Kenyatta said his foremost interest is to develop the country for all Kenyans and every effort is made to bridge the acrimony that characterizes our political differences.

"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", he says.

"This marks a new beginning for our country and that we can differ in political alignment but always remain steadfast and united in matters Kenya", said Kenyatta.

The nine-point agenda, according to Uhuru and Raila, intends to end ethnic tension, and create favourable living and working conditions while promoting patriotism.

The initiative comes months after the presidential elections sparked turmoil as the opposition charged there was electoral fraud.

Elections were first held in August but the courts ordered a re-run, saying Mr Kenyatta's victory was marred by irregularities. "Solutions that will bind our people together, unify the country and give us a life cycle that is beyond the five years that we want for ourselves", Uhuru said.

Kenya is one of the biggest recipients of economic aid from the US. It said the country "appeared to be reliving the same divisive experiences" it saw at independence, and risked repeating "the same kinds of calamities" it has seen since, including a prolonged period of dictatorship and a more recent episode of deadly electoral violence, perpetrated largely along ethnic lines.

Mr Odinga said the opposition had chose to change tactics for the sake of the country's unity.