Kenyan president Uhuru Kenyatta and his political nemesis, cum opposition leader Raila Odinga have on Friday met and agreed to begin a process of unifying their country.
The two fell out following the hotly contested August 2017 polls and the repeated polls that Odinga boycotted before the NASA leader would later swear himself as Kenya’s president.
Speaking during their first ever meeting this year at Harambee House in the capital Nairobi on Friday, Odinga said that both leaders realised the need to take the country forward by working together and also encourage the entire nation to bury their hatchets.
“The time has come for us to confront and resolve our differences that are becoming entrenched. We must be courageous enough to admit that the differences do not work,” Odinga said during a joint press briefing.
“My bother and myself have come together to say the differences end there. We refuse to let our diversity stagnate our country.”
According to the NASA leader millions of Kenyans and their children have grown to embrace political and tribal difference, a thing he said has stagnated the development and prosperity of their nation.
“We all wish for Justice, unity, peace, liberty and prosperity and such a time has come for Kenya to audit our progress that our fore fathers fought to achieve. This is a call for self- reflection and make changes.”
“If we remain divided, selfish and corrupt, no amount of institutional reform will save our nation. We must come together to scoop the water that has been sipping. We have travelled too far to turn back,” the NASA leader added.
Kenya president Uhuru Kenyatta told journalists that both leaders have come to a common understanding that their nation is greater than them and the need to come together.
“Elections come and go but Kenya remains. Our future cannot be dictated by lections but prosperity, stability of nation and well- being of people,” Kenyatta noted.
He clarified that as leaders, they have a responsibility of finding solutions of unifying and taking forward the country.
“Starting today we will begin process of bringing people together.”
Following the disputed August 2017 polls, violence erupted in major towns in Kenya in which over 1,200 people were killed.