Uhuru-Raila pact: What NASA co-principals decided during summit

Faith Castro
March 14, 2018

Mr Odinga and President Kenyatta last week agreed to work together- putting to an end seven months of endless political bickering that had put the economy on the cliff and resulted in several deaths.

Ahead of U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson's visit to Kenya last Friday, Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta and Raila Odinga vowed to end the rivalry which led to the deaths of more than 100 people in election violence previous year.

The leaders, led by immediate former Kitui Senator David Musila, described the agreement reached by Kenyatta and Odinga on Friday last week as a move in the right direction.

The surprise meeting elicited mixed reactions with Raila's co-principals - Kalonzo Musyoka (Wiper), Musalia Mudavadi (ANC) and Moses Wetang'ula (Ford Kenya) - tearing apart the deal which they claimed was between the two. In their joint statement issued after the talks, they promised to address the "deterioration of relationships between communities" and "aggressive antagonism and competition" that has blighted repeated electoral cycles in Kenya.

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The former Wiper Party chairman asked politicians to welcome the truce between the two leaders instead of politicizing it. "We call on the Kamba nation to rally behind this noble historical initiative for the good of our people", he said.

United Nations (UN) secretary-general Antonio Guterres supported the deal between Raila and Uhuru exuding confidence that the agreement would be a success.

Secretary Tillerson met with Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta yesterday in Nairobi and highlighted long-standing U.S. -Kenya cooperation on counterterrorism, regional security, and trade.

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