Mudavadi: Raila-Uhuru agreement is selfish

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson

The Governor hailed the two leaders for their courage in uniting the country after a prolonged divisive electioneering period that saw Odinga lead the opposition in refusing to recognize the legitimacy of President Kenyatta.

In their joint address, President Kenyatta said: "We will begin a process of discussing what ails us and what creates division amongst us".

"I heard the three complaining of being left out in the talks, but I am wondering why because they were the first to be approached but turned us down fearing that they would be branded traitors", the senator said.

Speaking at press conference in the capital Narobi, Mr Tillerson also stressed on the USA and Kenya's "shared fight against terrorism", referring to Kenyan troops serving in Somalia.

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The truce comes months after Kenyans went to two violent elections in the last quarter of 2017.

The election season blunted growth in Kenya, East Africa's richest economy and a Western ally in a volatile region.

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 30th, 2018.

About 150 people were killed in the aftermath of the election, which Mr Kenyatta won after an opposition boycott. It does not bear the imprint of NASA Summit as it ought to be.

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Mr Odinga said that nothing had been changed before the re-run.

Allies in Odinga's NASA coalition, including his running mate in last year's poll, Kalonzo Musyoka, said they were not aware of the meeting and promised to give a detailed statement later.

One lawmaker said Kenyatta, who is in his final term, and Odinga, who turned 73 in January, may be keen on securing their legacies with the new found unity of goal.

""The 'bridges" Raila Odinga and Uhuru Kenyatta are talking about and intend to build will turn Kenya into an authoritarian and despotic Kenyatta and Odinga Monarchy".

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With the country at breaking point and growing political and economic injustices reigniting deeply ethnic hatreds, Raila Odinga chose yet again a path he often has: the path of negotiation rather than confrontation to right the wrongs and protects the people from the horrors that this drawn-out, looming conflict posed.

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