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

Violet Powell
March 11, 2018

Now, Kenya's President Uhuru Kenyatta has called on investors to exploit the opportunities presented in the energy transmission, saying this is an area which the private sector's activity was non-existent, yet the country is engaged in connecting as many people as possible to electricity.

The two - who, after their meeting, appeared together to give separate statements to the press - acknowledged the country was heading in the wrong direction. He also said the country had a "problem" with its judiciary that needed to be fixed.

"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", he said in a statement.

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

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Kulanka dib Uhuru Kenyatta iyo Raila Odinga ayaa si wada jir ah ula hadlay saxaafadda ka isla markaana balan qaaday in ay bilaabayaan geedi socod dib u heshiisiinta.

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The Kanu MP at the same time told off NASA co-principals Kalozo Musyoka and Musalia Mudavadi over their complains that Odinga had meet with Uhuru without their knowledge. "Because the electioneering period has left us divided ... supporters of both sides".

Noting "the economy has been down", Ndung'u said if the two "resolve their issues, well, at least it will show that we are moving forward and the issue to do with the election is it behind us".

On Friday morning, Mr Odinga and Mr Kenyatta met at Harambee House in Nairobi. Observers feared further division would follow the provocative action and the government's crackdown on independent television and the opposition.

"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.

The "reconciliation" Uhuru Kenyatta and Raila Odinga are talking about is not meant to help the unemployed youth get jobs and the millions of homeless Kenyans get shelter.

"We refuse to be the leaders under whose watch Kenyans lead into a failed nation".

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