Kenya's president and rival meet 'to confront and resolve differences'
Kenya's president and rival meet 'to confront and resolve differences'
President Uhuru Kenyatta and NASA leader Raila Odinga
11 March, 2018, 01:52
Miguna Miguna, a staunch ally of Kenya's opposition chief Raila Odinga has condemned the former Prime Minister over Friday's (March 9, 2018) peacetalks with President Uhuru Kenyatta.
The two share several similarities including making history as the longest serving political detainees in Kenya, with Odinga leading, after spending nine years behind bars, under retired President Daniel Moi's rule. We need to understand what exactly has been agreed upon, he said, noting the Kenyan leaders' statements contained only generalities.
"Time has come for us to confront our differences because they are becoming too entrenched", said Odinga. "Elections come and go, but Kenya remains", Kenyatta said.
"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.
U.S. Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson, said on Friday in Nairobi he had shared his concerns with Kenya's President Uhuru Kenyatta about the importance of democracy.
President Kenyatta was sworn in for a second term last November.
Miguna Miguna, a prominent Kenyan opposition lawyer and politician who was deported to Canada in February, denounced the Kenyatta-Odinga reconciliation.
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Mr Odinga said that nothing had been changed before the re-run.
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.
"We refuse to be the leaders under whose watch Kenyans lead into a failed nation".
Moses Kuria, a legislator for 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.
This article was reported by the Thomson Reuters Foundation.
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