UN Secretary, Rex Tillerson, praises Kenyatta's 'positive steps'

Mar 11, 2018, 01:05
UN Secretary, Rex Tillerson, praises Kenyatta's 'positive steps'

Machakos governor, Alfred Mutua and his Nyeri counterpart Mutahi Kahiga said the meeting of the two national leaders has eased ethnic tension and was a step in the right direction.

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

President Kenyatta and Raila Odinga pledge to end row over 2017 elections as U.S. secretary of state arrives for talks.

As he had repeatedly asserted, Dialogue was always Mr Odinga's priority as the way to resolve this threatening crisis.

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has cancelled scheduled events in Kenya on Saturday because he is feeling poorly.

"Kenya calls on the U.S.to strongly consider the proposal made to have a surge operation in Jubba Valley region, which was made nearly three years ago, in order to root out al-Shabab", Kenyatta said.

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.

Before the Friday meeting, the two men had defied calls from Kenyan civil society, religious leaders and western diplomats to hold talks to overcome deep divisions opened up by the disputed elections.

Hogaamiyaha Mucaaradka Kenya Mr.Odinga ayaa dhankiisa sheegay in la joogo waqtigii la xalin lahaa dhibaatada ama khilaafka u dhexeeyaa isaga iyo Kenyatta.

Political analyst and writer Patrick Gathara said such a dialogue is still needed despite Friday's meeting.

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

""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".

Kalonzo Musyoka, Musalia Mudavadi and Moses Wetangula have all maintained that they were neither informed nor consulted about the meeting but only came to learn of it on television.

Officials accompanying Mr Tillerson, 65, on his five-nation tour of Africa did not specify his illness but it is understood not to be serious.

"The US should not be dismissed or discounted.

Instead, the two repeatedly invoked their names and personally committed to each other and not to all Kenyans", the ANC leader said. "They have successfully engineered this", said Aly Khan Satchu, an independent analyst in Nairobi. "Because the electioneering period has left us divided ... supporters of both sides". He also said the country had a "problem" with its judiciary that needed to be fixed.

This article was reported by the Thomson Reuters Foundation.

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