NAIROBI– Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta and opposition leader Raila Odinga have agreed to work together to unite Kenyans and end the differences between them which threaten to divide the country.

In a rare show of solidarity, Odinga, the leader of the National Super Alliance (NASA), was at Harambee House, the presidential office, Friday morning where he held a meeting with Kenyatta to deliberate on ways to heal the country after the contentious 2017 general election.

The two emerged from the meeting to address the country with odinga, who was the first to speak, saying the time had come for leaders to engage and unite the country. Kenyatta said they will from now on start the process of uniting the country and called on Kenyans to support the partnership.

Kenyatta said: We have had an opportunity for an extensive discussion on matters Kenya and we have come to a common understanding, an understanding that this country is greater than any one individual.

He said the time is ripe for a more candid conversation on what ails the country saying they want a united, harmonious nation where no individual feels left out.

For this country to come together, leaders must come together. Leaders must be able to discuss their differences, leaders must be able to discuss freely and openly what ails our country, what is the reason and the cause for the ethnic divisions and frictions that we see across the country that sometimes lead to inter-communal conflicts, as we have seen in various parts of our country, as we have seen up in Wajir, as we have seen on the borders of West Pokot and Marakwet and many other places, added Kenyatta.

The president was clear that the occasion marked a new beginning for the country, one which the people will march together as Kenyans.

We have a responsibility as leaders to be able to come together to discuss these issues and to find solutions. Solutions that will bind our people together; that will unify our country, and that will give us a life cycle that is beyond the five years that we have established for ourselves, he added.

The President urged leaders to talk regardless of their political affiliations saying elections come and go but Kenya remains”,

“As we plan ourselves for the future, our future cannot be dictated by the forthcoming elections. Our future must be dictated by the prosperity, stability of our nation and the well-being of our people. We have come to an understanding that this nation is bigger than an individual, this is why I and my brother (Raila) have agreed that starting today, we will begin a process of bringing our people together.

“So to me, this marks a new beginning for our country, a beginning in which we hope that we shall march together as Kenyans and that we can differ in terms of political alignments but always remain steadfast and united in matters Kenya.”

Odinga was categorical that the divisions which have been there since independence must come to an end. He said they must set an example saying my brother and myself have therefore come here today to say this dissent ends here.

He said they will unite Kenyans so that the people can walk together, calling for on Kenyans to self reflect and make wise decisions.

The NASA leader said the continued disharmony will ruin the nation, saying: “If we don’t address it we shall capsize. We seek your partnership, fellow Kenyans, we must come together to scoop out the water that has been seeping into our ship or we will capsize.

Raila said while these differences were entrenched in the third generation, the President and he had agreed “we must be partners to save our children from ourselves”.