‘Mbarikiwe mpaka mshangae’, DP Ruto to Uhuru, Raila

Deputy President William Ruto has welcomed a truce reached by President Uhuru Kenyatta and NASA leader 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.

“Intent on not witnessing the country suffer similar future cycles of the same tribulations it has since 1963, they are determined to offer the leadership that prevents future generations inheriting dangerous division and offers them a path to a bright future for all. Both President Uhuru Kenyatta and Raila Odinga have agreed to launch this initiative that aims to create a united nation for all Kenyans living today, and all future generations,” added the statement.

“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.”

Following Mr Odinga and President Kenyatta’s unity pact, Deputy President William Ruto applauded them, saying they have reached an important decision which will see Kenya heal from ethnic divisions.

“Congratulations President Uhuru Kenyatta and Raila Odinga for being statesmen. You have risen to the moment for Kenya and against hate, negative ethnicity and division. The unity, stability and transformation of Kenya supersede all other partisan interests. Wangwana mubarikiwe mpaka mshangae,” tweeted the DP on Friday afternoon.

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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