Kenya: the president,residence leader to resolve differences


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 glad to see Kenya building investor confidence because that will help in the growth of the economy", Tillerson said.

Speaking during a press address in Mombasa, Mudavadi said the agreement between President Kenyatta and Mr. Odinga was neither reflective of the wishes of the NASA coalition nor in the interest of all Kenyans.

The two, therefore, are a good example of leaders who share the same fate and will seemingly end up on the same side after every political period.

His statement comes as a section of NASA principals bash Odinga for meeting Uhuru without informing them terming the meeting an act of betrayal.

Murithi Mutiga, a senior analyst with the International Crisis Group, said the meeting between the two "titans" of Kenyan politics was key because they have been feuding for so long. Regrettably, we have responded to our challenges by mostly running away from them.

Kenyatta, for his part, said during the meeting that the solid friendship and cooperation that continues to deepen, only serves to encourage Kenya to strengthen its resolve to work together with the USA toward an even brighter future, the statement said.

Kenyatta said the two men came to a common understanding that for Kenya to come together, its leaders must come together.

Kenyatta was sworn in last November for a second term after winning a repeat presidential election last October 26 that Odinga boycotted.

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For many observers, the historical divisions between the Kenyatta and Odinga dynasties and the ethnic groups they represent cloud the promise of Kenya's democracy.

Last fall alone, Kenyan security forces killed at least 55 people in election-related violence, according to Human Rights Watch.

The US has been very critical of both Kenyatta and Odinga, Soi noted.

On the streets of Nairobi, Kenyans also welcomed the leaders' agreeing to work together. "It is good for the country", he said.

"We really want to give them the credit. And, hopefully we can progress from this". Observers feared further division would follow the provocative action and the government's crackdown on independent television and the opposition.

The announcement came shortly before the arrival of US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson 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.

He said he is keen to see an increasing footprint of US companies and businesses that have chosen to establish their regional bases in Kenya. We need to understand what exactly has been agreed upon, he said, noting the Kenyan leaders' statements contained only generalities.