Feeling unwell, US state secretary cancels Kenya programme

Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta on Friday met opposition leader Raila Odinga, vowing to end rivalry which led to the deaths of 100 people in elections past year.

The meeting did not happen as the result of pressure from Western countries, there was no external pressure on the two leaders from western countries, specifically the USA for the leaders to hold the talks ahead of U.S. secretary of state Rex W. Tillerson's three-day visit beginning on Friday. "It is good for the country", he said.

"While we know addressing Kenya's ethnic and political divisions will take some time and effort, today both of these men showed great leadership in coming together and in the agreement they signed", he told a press conference in Nairobi after meeting with Kenyatta.

"A quick assessment of former grand-coalition government of retired president Mwai Kibaki and Raila Odinga as the Prime Minister, reveals that the county attained a degree of development", said Ngeno.

Mr Odinga has sworn himself in as the "people's president" and refused to recognise Mr Kenyatta as head of state.

Odinga, who has refused to recognize Kenyatta as president, paraphrased USA president Abraham Lincoln.

""The 'bridges" Raila Odinga and Uhuru Kenyatta are talking about and intend to build will turn Kenya into an authoritarian and despotic Kenyatta and Odinga Monarchy".

He later met with President at State House where he stated the U.S. was interested in widening its investment in Kenya as well as strengthening the bilateral and trade relations between the two countries.

Tillerson said Washington looks forward to seeing successful implementation of the Continental Free Trade Area (CFTA) because it offers a big market in which the USA wants to engage.

Waxaa ku guuleystay doorashadii ku celiska ahayd ee Kenya ka dhacday bishii October ee sanadkii 2017 Uhuru Kenyatta, taasi oo Mr. Odinga uu qaadacay.

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has cancelled scheduled events in Kenya on Saturday because he is feeling poorly.

That's not a coincidence, said independent political analyst Martin Andati.

The "reconciliation" Uhuru Kenyatta and Raila Odinga are talking about is not meant to help the unemployed youth get jobs and the millions of homeless Kenyans get shelter. "So, it helps ease the political tensions...." We need to understand what exactly has been agreed upon, he said, noting the Kenyan leaders' statements contained only generalities.

  • Jon Douglas