Kenyan Deputy President Lauds Reconciliation Between President, Opposition Leader

DP Ruto's message to Kalonzo Mudavadi and Wetangula

DP Ruto's message to Kalonzo Mudavadi and Wetangula

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 a year ago.

President Uhuru Kenyatta and Raila Odinga when the two met at Harambee House on March 9, 2018.

Ruto described the meeting as a positive stride towards national reconciliation and urged leaders of the opposition national Super Alliance (NASA) coalition, headed by Odinga, to follow suit.

Both leaders shook hands to signal their commitment to ending a political stalemate that has worsened ethnic and sectarian divisions in Kenya thus eroding its status as a regional economic powerhouse.

Ndii further stated that the two leaders asked for the opportunity to end conflict in the country.

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The rare meeting of scions of Kenya's founding fathers elicited mixed reactions but there was a common feeling of optimism.

"The time for war has come and gone", Joho said in a tweeted.

Kenya's president and opposition leader have promised to begin a process of reconciliation following last year's bitterly contested election.

Odinga who later boycotted the October 26 presidential polls citing uneven playing field had vowed not to recognize Kenyatta's presidency.

The United Nations has lauded President Uhuru Kenyatta and NASA leader Raila Odinga's efforts to initiate dialogue as a way of uniting Kenyans.

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The leaders said they strongly disassociated themselves with leaders in the region opposed to the agreement between the Head of State and Odinga.

He emphasized that Kenyans must refuse to allow their diversity to kill their nation. This is a call to self-reflection.

On Friday, Kenyatta and Odinga agreed to work together to advance national healing and cohesion after a divisive election period last fall.

Their joint statement said "Kenyans should overcome negative ethnicity by acting in the understanding that elections on their own are not solution to our challenges".

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