Residents react to reconciliation pact

Friday’s meeting between President Uhuru Kenyatta and opposition leader Raila Odinga has been met with mixed reactions by residents of Machakos.

While majority of Kenyans have welcomed the historic meet, others have given it a wait and see attitude even after leading lights of the National Super Alliance (NASA) held a daylong meeting at Stoni Athi Resort in Machakos County Tuesday to mull over their future as government watchdog in coming years.

The meeting which was attended by Odinga, Kalonzo Musyoka, Moses Wetangula and Musalia Mudavadi was meant to shed light on what really transpired during the Friday’s discussion.

But for Mr. Bernard Matolo, the meeting between the President and Odinga considered as Kenya’s doyen of opposition politics, was all that the country needed to move forward.

Matolo believes that the country had lost a lot since 2017 through incessant politicking and therefore needed to forge ahead with other matters that will help transform the lives of her citizens.

The country’s economy has been performing poorly since we went into last year’s elections and the promise by the President and opposition leader Raila Odinga to unite the country is therefore more than welcome.

We now hope the agreement of the two leaders will make the country move forward, unite people, root out tribalism and help raise the living standards of the people in this country; majority of whom are just surviving, he opined.

Catherine Kamau who ekes her living selling bananas within Machakos town CBD, said the deal was timely and would help promote national healing and unity which have been eroded by years of negative ethnicity, corruption and impunity.

She said the current goodwill by the two leaders was Kenya’s golden moment to redeem her national image to the outside world and make everybody be proud of being her citizen.

I think the action of President Kenyatta stretching his hand across the political divide to accommodate Odinga into his vision of building this country will attract Odinga’s gesture followed suit by his co-principals for the good of the country, she added.

During Monday’s meeting, the four political leaders agreed to work together in pushing for constructive deliberations that would bring vital reforms in the country.

Through a speech read to the press by Mudavadi, the leaders also pledged to continue engaging in structured dialogue that will address the challenges currently facing the country and offer tangible solutions to help tackle them.

Source: Kenya News Agency