You have betrayed us, Miguna tells Odinga

Frederick Owens
March 11, 2018

Kenyatta said the two men came to a common understanding that for Kenya to come together, its leaders must come together. "Elections come and go but Kenya remains".

Mr Odinga has sworn himself in as the "people's president" and refused to recognise Mr Kenyatta as head of state.

"These martyrs were butchered by agents of the illegitimate Jubilee administration they were perceived to be "supporters" of Raila Odinga", he said.

"There is no question about USA commitment to Kenya on trade and security", he said, according to a statement issued after the meeting from Kenyatta's office.

"The US is glad to see Kenya building investor confidence because that will help in the growth of the economy", the US Secretary of State stated.

Last year's fraught election season saw one presidential poll annulled by the courts and the re-run boycotted by the opposition.

"A quick assessment of former grand-coalition government of retired president Mwai Kibaki and Raila Odinga as the Prime Minister, reveals that the county attained a degree of development", said Ngeno.

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In a statement posted to Facebook on Friday, he called the rapprochement "a fundamental betrayal of the innocent Kenyans who have lost their lives" supporting Odinga in several elections over the last decade.

Prominent anti-corruption campaigner John Githongo said it was hard to understand why the meeting happened now and he cautioned that "the devil is in the details". I understand that Mr. Odinga has further stated that the "conflict is over" and called on the country to "reconcile and move on". "We refuse to allow our diversity to kill our nation", he said.

Tillerson who arrived in Nairobi on Friday as part of his African tour was received by Foreign Affairs Cabinet Secretary Monica Juma.

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.

"The US should not be dismissed or discounted".

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. "They have successfully engineered this", said Aly Khan Satchu, an independent analyst in Nairobi.

This article was reported by the Thomson Reuters Foundation.

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