EX-presidential candidate Dida: What a day; two ‘presidents’ have joined forces

Former presidential candidate Abduba Dida has welcomed a unity pact arrived at by President Uhuru Kenyatta and NASA chief principal Raila Odinga on Friday, March 9.

President Kenyatta and Mr Odinga met at the Head of State’s Harambee House office Friday morning, when they held talks centered on how to unite and heal Kenya following a divisive general election in 2017.

“President Uhuru Kenyatta and Raila Odinga are the two leaders who symbolise the many ways in which the country has gone full circle in its divisions. They were witness to the unity and hope that was followed by discord and division,” reads a part of the joint statement issued by the two leaders.

“Kenya is witnessing a continued deterioration of relationships between ethnic communities and political formations. These relationships are too often characterised by aggressive antagonism and competition. A strong nation cannot develop in this way. President Uhuru Kenyatta and Raila Odinga are standing together to urge every Kenyan, every political leader and formation to compete without using ethnic profiling or by promoting disdain for any group,” added the statement.

Mr Dida now says unity between leaders of highly-subscribed-to political parties in the country symbolizes a new dawn of peace and promise that Kenyans have been yearning for.

“The two presidents Uhuru Kenyatta and Raila Odinga have decided to join forces and work together. Two are better than one. I hope that this is not another publicity stunt to impress the international community. We shall also keep the government(s) in check,” he tweeted on Friday.

Mr Dida says division between President Kenyatta and Mr Odinga plagued the nation’s pursuit for peace and reconciliation.

“Their division has been the biggest problem to this country. If they can decide to work together then we should encourage that. It is a good thing,” added Mr Dida.

Mr Dida, in a subsequent tweet, corrected his initial post, in which he referred to both President Kenyatta and Mr Odinga as ‘presidents’,

“Correction: Leaders not presidents,” he said.

The Friday, March 9 meeting between President Kenyatta and Mr Odinga was the first face-to-face public interaction since their fallout following the hotly contested August 8, 2017 general election and October 26, 2017 repeat presidential poll that Mr Odinga boycotted.

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