UN SECY-GEN WELCOMES PEACE EFFORTS OF KENYA PRESIDENT, OPPOSITION LEADER

NAIROBI– United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has lauded the efforts of Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta and the keader of the opposition cioalition, the National Super Alliance (NASA), Raila Odinga, to initiate dialogue as a way of uniting Kenyans.

He said in a statement received here Tuesday that the UN would continue to support and work with the Government and the people of Kenya in efforts towards consolidating peace, stability and development in the country.

Guterres welcomed the statement issued jointly by Kenyatta and Odinga last Friday declaring their commitment to work together to strengthen the unity of the country for all Kenyans, saying it was a great step towards finding a lasting solution to Kenya’s political problems.

Odinga’s Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) has become the first constituent party in the NASA alliance to ratify Friday’s political pact between its party leader Kenyatta. This comes even as cracks within the coalition appeared to widen with power struggles manifesting in the national assembly.

The ODM, which met Tuesday under the guidance of Odinga, however, urged him to stay focused ahead of the 2022 general election.

The two leaders held their surprise meeting here last Friday and reached a pact which brought an end to the 2017 electoral contest.

Among the issues the two leaders plan to tackle include ethnic friction and competition, lack of national ethos and corruption. The goals are inclusivity, effective devolution, safety and security, shared prosperity and respect for human and civil rights.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK