Kenya: Uhuru, Raila Truce Puts Spotlight On Envoys' Role to End Crisis

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I have been advised of media reports that the People's President, Raila Amolo Odinga has "reconciled" with the despotic president Uhuru Kenyatta.

The meeting did not happen as the result of pressure from Western countries, there was no external pressure on the two leaders from western countries, specifically the USA for the leaders to hold the talks ahead of U.S. secretary of state Rex W. Tillerson's three-day visit beginning on Friday.

The members of the senate called on all political players to follow suit and play politics that foster unity.

He said some leaders even lost their seats because they joined them in calling for talks between Uhuru and Raila to avoid chaos.

On the NASA side, former Nyatike MP Edick Anyanga said the meeting between Raila and Uhuru has been long overdue.

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.

Kenya was plunged into political crisis after the Supreme Court annulled the August presidential election, due to irregularities, and Odinga and his supporters boycotted a second round in October.

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

The two leaders who had earlier held a lengthy closed door meeting said at a joint news conference that they were committed to join forces and heal divisions occasioned by two presidential elections in August and October past year.

I will return to Kenya on March 26, 2018 so as to continue the struggle for electoral justice and the culture of impunity that both Raila Odinga and Uhuru Kenyatta now represent.

On January 10, European Union election monitors said the flawed poll had "weakened" the country's democracy.

Friday's meeting came hours before the arrival of US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson as part of his first Africa tour. "And we look forward to the support of every single leader".

Moses Kuria, a legislator for Mr Kenyatta's Jubilee party, said the meeting could be the start of ending the cycle of disputed elections and their ruinous impact on economic growth.

That's not a coincidence, said independent political analyst Martin Andati. We need to understand what exactly has been agreed upon, he said, noting the Kenyan leaders' statements contained only generalities.

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