The United Nations has lauded President Uhuru Kenyatta and NASA leader Raila Odinga's efforts to initiate dialogue as a way of uniting Kenyans.
Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta (L) shakes hands with Raila Odinga in Nairobi, capital of Kenya, March 9, 2018.
Ahead of U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson's visit to Kenya last Friday, Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta and Raila Odinga vowed to end the rivalry which led to the deaths of more than 100 people in election violence past year.
The two leaders who had earlier held a lengthy closed door meeting said at a joint news conference that they were committed to join forces and heal divisions occasioned by two presidential elections in August and October a year ago.
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"We commend and congratulate the two leaders for this meeting of minds because we have not had leaders in the past come to this meeting of minds and tell the nation that this (tribalism) is a fundamental problem we have in this nation", he said.
The leaders said they strongly disassociated themselves with leaders in the region opposed to the agreement between the Head of State and Odinga. Not all of us may have fought in the times of war, but all of us MUST fight for peace. "My brother (Kenyatta) and myself have, therefore, come together today to say this dissent stops here", Odinga said. "This is a call to self-reflection", the opposition leader said. "We have to look into ourselves and challenge our readiness to make the changes that will allow our institutional reforms to work", the opposition leaders said.
"The reform process will become an exercise in diverting attention from our own failing and taking refuge in the blame game. We call on the Kamba nation to rally behind this noble historical initiative for the good of our people", he said.
The two leaders said democracy allows Kenyans space to differ in terms of political alignments, but they must always remain steadfast and united in matters of national interest.