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

11 March, 2018, 01:09 | Author: Priscilla Morrison
  • Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta left and rival Raila Odinga vow to work together on Friday in Nairobi

"Elections come and go but Kenya remains".

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.

Kenyatta, for his part, said during the meeting that the solid friendship and cooperation that continues to deepen, only serves to encourage Kenya to strengthen its resolve to work together with the USA toward an even brighter future, the statement said.

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has canceled a day of events in Kenya due to illness.

"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.

Mr Odinga pressed a lawsuit challenging Mr Kenyatta's victory in last year's August election and the Supreme Court ordered a new election.

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on Friday held talks with Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta and assured him of Washington's commitment to Kenya on trade and security, a statement said.




In a statement posted to Facebook on Friday, he called the rapprochement "a fundamental betrayal of the innocent Kenyans who have lost their lives" supporting Odinga in several elections over the last decade.

Odinga said the opposition had chose to change tactics for the sake of the country's unity. "We refuse to allow our diversity to kill our nation", he said.

Miguna Miguna, a prominent Kenyan opposition lawyer and politician who was deported to Canada in February, denounced the Kenyatta-Odinga reconciliation.

That kind of public pressures augurs well for the success of the two leaders' efforts, both of whom made concessions to get the process underway.

Tillerson arrived in Kenya on Friday afternoon for the third stop on his five-country tour of Africa. "They have successfully engineered this", said Aly Khan Satchu, an independent analyst in Nairobi.

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. "It is good for the country", he said.

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.

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