We're vindicated, Kabando wa Kabando says after Uhuru-Raila talks

Casey Dawson
March 11, 2018

I have been advised of media reports that the People's President, Raila Amolo Odinga has "reconciled" with the despotic president Uhuru Kenyatta.

County Governors, Cabinet Secretaries and Members of Parliament are among those who have expressed optimism that the gesture by the two national leaders is the beginning of national healing and unity. "It is good for the country", he said.

Kenyatta said the two men came to a common understanding that for Kenya to come together, its leaders must come together.

"My brother [Uhuru Kenyatta] and myself have therefore come together today to say this dissent stops here".

At one point, Mr Odinga asked Mr Godec and other 10 envoys to keep off Kenya's political affairs after calls that he should accept the legitimacy of President Kenyatta.

Speaking during a press address in Mombasa, Mudavadi said the agreement between President Kenyatta and Mr. Odinga was neither reflective of the wishes of the NASA coalition nor in the interest of all Kenyans. The US has been urging direct talks between Kenyatta and Odinga to resolve the political strife.

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Madaxweynaha Kenya Uhuru Kenyatta ayaa sheegay in Raila Odinga uu yahay Walaalkii, isla markaana ay billaabayaan geedi socodka ay wada xaajoonayaan halka ay dhibaatada iyo kala qeybsanaanto ka timid.

The announcement comes little more than 24 hours after US President Donald Trump stunned the world by accepting an invitation to meet North Korea's Kim Jong Un before the end of May.

Mr. Odinga's unilateral, irrational and erratic decision to betray the fight for electoral justice, the culture of impunity and the flagrant abuse of human rights that have become routine under the illegitimate regime of Uhuru Kenyatta and William Ruto can not be justified. "They have successfully engineered this", said Aly Khan Satchu, an independent analyst in Nairobi.

"The U.S.is no longer the dominant external actor in Africa, and must compete for influence not only with China, but a host of other, increasingly assertive, states pursuing their own agendas, such as Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Qatar, Turkey, Japan and India", said EJ Hogendoorn, deputy Africa program director at the International Crisis Group think tank. "So, it helps ease the political tensions...."

The diplomatic missions in Nairobi, mainly the European and U.S. ambassadors, with the help of Kenyan religious leaders and the business community, were on the forefront in helping the country find a solution of the political stalemate.

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