Nairobi, KENYA: President Uhuru Kenyatta and NASA leader Raila Odinga have decided to bury their differences after they decided to come to a common ground of uniting the country.
Addressing the nation at the Harrambe house offices after meeting President Kenyatta on Friday, Raila stated that it was time to unite the nation as diversity had turned out to be a national curse.
“Our diversity appears destined to be a curse to our children. We are called to audit our performers in pursuit of our national goals.
“ We have to come together and solve the animosity that we have been pouring into the boat before we all sink. We shall not fail. If we stand firm we shall not fail.”
Raila sentiments were echoed by President Kenyatta, who admitted that the country is much bigger than an individual and that election comes and go but Kenyans will always remain the same.
“The future of any country cannot be defined by elections but rather national interest of the people must always prevail.” Said Kenyatta.
The NASA Leader was accompanied by his daughter Rosemary Odinga, strategist David Ndii and Suna East MP Junet Mohammed.
The talks come barely hours before US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson meets President Uhuru and other Government officials in talks that are expected to focus on continued support for the democratic process, refugees, and press freedom.
President Kenyatta also noted that the move marks a new beginning for the country to remain steadfast and united.
He also reiterated that starting today, he and Mr. Raila have decided to begin the process of healing the country.
“For this country to come together, leaders must come together to see what is the cause of ethnic friction.” Said President Uhuru.
Despite having ruled out any talks with the NASA leader earlier, he said he was willing to engage with all Kenyans – including the NASA leaders – in focusing the nation on economic transformation.
Uhuru was categorical that any talks around elections should wait until 2022.
NASA principals Kalonzo Musyoka, Moses Wetang’ula and Musalia Mudavadi were not present during the meeting at Harambee house.
Deputy President William Ruto who was also not present, took to Twitter to congratulate the two for coming together to hold talks.
“Congratulations PRES.UHURU & RAILA for being statesmen. You have risen to the moment for Kenya and against hate, negative ethnicity and division. The unity, stability and transformation of Kenya supersedes all other partisan interests. Wangwana mubarikiwe mpaka mshangae.” He Posted.