NAIROBI– Leaders of Kenya’s ruling Jubilee party, led by Deputy President William Ruto, have lauded last week’s meeting between President Uhuru Kenyatta and opposition leader Raila Odinga, saying it sets the pace for peace and reconciliation in the country.
Ruto described the meeting as a positive stride towards national reconciliation and urged leaders of the opposition national Super Alliance (NASA) coalition, headed by Odinga, to follow suit. His comment came as a section of Jubilee leaders dismissed talk that the meeting between the two party leaders complicated Ruto’s bid for the presidency in the next general election in 2022.
Ruto, who was in Nyandarua county in southwestern Kenya over the weekend for the launch of a tree-planting exercise there, said the talks between the government and opposition heralded a new dawn for the country.
He also said the time had come for the country to unite and move forward, while cautioning against moves to frustrate efforts being made to bring the two leaders to the table.
The Jubilee leaders were also quick to allay fears that the new alliance between Kenyatta and Odinga presented a new political matrix in the 2022 elections.
Friday’s announcement by Kenyatta and Odinga on their readiness to co-operate has set in motion an ambitious programme to grease points of frictions which have antagonized the country since independence.
Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK