Kalonzo beats retreat, says 'at peace' after Raila-Uhuru meet

Kalonzo beats retreat, says 'at peace' after Raila-Uhuru meet

"I congratulate President Uhuru Kenyatta and Raila Odinga for meeting this morning".

President Kenyatta was sworn in for a second term last November.

Speaking during the meeting with Tillerson, President Kenyatta hailed the presence of top American companies in Kenya: "Leading US multinationals such as IBM, Microsoft, Google, General Electric, Coca Cola, and Bechtel, to name but a few, have opened their regional offices in Kenya; thereby providing themselves with the best platform to access the vast African market".

The three co-principals on Friday released a joint statement saying they were kept in the dark about the Friday meeting between President Kenyatta and Odinga at Harambee House.

Doorashadii guud ee Kenya ayaa markii hore la qabtay bishii August ee sanadkii 2017 waxaana ku guuleystay Uhuru kenyatta, balse Maxkamada sare ayaa amartay in dib loogu celiyo, iyada oo sheegtay in guushii Mr Kenyatta ay wax isdabamarino badan hareeyeen.

Mr Odinga said it was "time to resolve our differences".

Khilaafka ka dhashay Doorashadii Kenya ayaa la sheegay in ay ku dhinteen 150 qof.

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.

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Before Friday's meeting, the two men had defied calls from Kenyan civil society, religious leaders and Western diplomats to hold talks to overcome deep divisions opened up by the disputed elections.

I will return to Kenya on March 26, 2018 so as to continue the struggle for electoral justice and the culture of impunity that both Raila Odinga and Uhuru Kenyatta now represent.

"It's a really good step towards harmonizing the country", said Brian Wanjoki, a pedestrian. "And, hopefully we can progress from this".

"After the meeting between the two leaders yesterday (Friday), it was clear that the chapter of political competition in the country is over".

He added that the United States looked forward to seeing the successful implementation of the Continental Free Trade Area (CFTA) because it offers a big market in which the U.S. wants to engage.

Last year's fraught election season saw one presidential poll annulled by the courts and the re-run boycotted by the opposition. Observers feared further division would follow the provocative action and the government's crackdown on independent television and the opposition.

He said he is keen to see an increasing footprint of USA companies and businesses that have chosen to establish their regional bases in Kenya.

He said the security situation is still dependent on AMISOM and Somalia partners, and that the planned UN/AU withdrawal of AMISOM by 2020 needs to be carefully reviewed. "... You know the West has been very keen on trying to get Uhuru and Raila to meet".

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