Alfred Mutua issues warning after Uhuru's meeting with Raila

Alfred Mutua issues warning after Uhuru's meeting with Raila

Alfred Mutua issues warning after Uhuru's meeting with Raila

"Elections come and go but Kenya remains".

Earlier this year, Mr Odinga swore himself in as the "people's president" and refused to recognise election victor Mr Kenyatta as head of state.

Mr Donald Yamamoto, the acting assistant secretary of state for African Affairs, has said although the USA is not ignoring the Opposition, Mr Tillerson is not expected to meet with Mr Odinga.

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said on Friday in Nairobi that he had shared his concerns with Kenya's president about the importance of democracy and said the government should not stifle the media and threaten the courts.

Kenya is the strongest economy in East Africa and an important USA ally.

The controversial MP whose election Narok Court upheld last month added that the Kalenjin unity was of paramount importance if Ruto wishes to gun for the presidency in 2022 General election with the whole community behind him.

The talks between President Kenyatta and Mr Odinga were the culmination of other failed attempts to get the two to directly engage.

About 150 people were killed in the aftermath of the election, which Mr Kenyatta won after an opposition boycott.

Political analyst and writer Patrick Gathara said such a dialogue is still needed despite Friday's meeting.

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In the statement, they also rejected the Opposition's mock swearing-in of Mr Odinga as the "people's president", and further criticised Jubilee's excesses of switching off television signals as isolated illegalities.

Allies in Odinga's NASA coalition, including his running mate in last year's poll, Kalonzo Musyoka, said they were not aware of the meeting and promised to give a detailed statement later.

Mr Odinga's and Mr Kenyatta's fathers were allies in the struggle for Kenya's independence from British colonial rule and then became adversaries.

Secretary Tillerson arrives in the Kenyan capital on Friday afternoon, part of his seven-day visit to Africa.

"The US should not be dismissed or discounted.

Regrettably, we have responded to our challenges by mostly running away from them", said Odinga, who spoke first. "They have successfully engineered this", said Aly Khan Satchu, an independent analyst in Nairobi.

Senate speaker Ken Lusaka and Kiambu Senator Kimani Wamatangi speaking on the sidelines of an induction retreat for members of the senate roads committee, said the move will unite the country.

With the country at breaking point and growing political and economic injustices reigniting deeply ethnic hatreds, Raila Odinga chose yet again a path he often has: the path of negotiation rather than confrontation to right the wrongs and protects the people from the horrors that this drawn-out, looming conflict posed.

This article was reported by the Thomson Reuters Foundation.

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