Kenyans react on social media to Raila-Uhuru meeting

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President Kenyatta on Friday morning held a surprise meeting with his political arch-rival and National Super Alliance (Nasa) leader Raila Odinga at Harambee House in Nairobi.

It was the first time the two were meeting face-to-face since their fallout following the hotly contested August 8, 2017 General Election and October 26, 2017 repeat presidential poll that Mr Odinga boycotted.

The agenda of the meeting centred on how to unite and heal Kenya following a divisive General Election in 2017. In a joint statement, Mr Kenyatta and Mr Odinga promised to work together to halt the country’s descent into the abyss following a divisive 2017 General Election.

They expressed their desire to aside their differences and reconstruct a nation that is responsive to the urgent need for prosperity, fairness and dignity for all Kenyans.

While reading their joint statement, Mr Odinga said the political differences that have divided more than four Kenyan generations “must now come to an end”.

On his part, Mr Kenyatta said they had agreed to put the interests of Kenya and Kenyans first. The two formed a task force, co-chaired by lawyer Paul Mwangi and Ambassador Martin Kimani, to implement their joint agreements on devolution, elections, corruption, and inclusivity.

Kenyans have welcomed the meeting with mixed reactions.

While some supported the move saying it may be the end to tension or divisions that have gripped the country, some saw it as Raila’s betrayal to his co- NASA principals. Others were foreseeing the end of NASA coalition after the Raila-Uhuru meeting.
The absence of three co-principals made betrayal narrative gain more strength. Using trending hashtags like #HarambeeHouse, #PresidentUhuruKenyatta and #Raila, Kenyans freely expressed their opinions on Twitter.

For people like Dr Wandia and others, they supported the meeting. Dr Wandia  @wmnjoya tweeted: We thank Raila Odinga for standing up for the voice of people in Kenya. We understand his fatigue with fighting against fraudulent elections for more than 15 years. He has fought the good fight. That’s why we the people will take over from here.

David Oginde @doginde tweeted: Whatever Uhuru and Raila discussed may matter little, but that they met and conversed is, for now, of greater significance. But for these ones, Raila did wrong to meet Uhuru. Yoana kimwele @kim_yoanakim tweeted: If it was Kalonzo Musyoka meeting the president Uhuru Kenyatta at Harambee House … Luos could be at our neck now! calling us watermelons and betrayers bure kabisa.

For Juma Odhiambo, the meeting was a loss to National Resistance Movement (NRM) self-declared Miguna Miguna, who was forcefully deported to Canada and who has been pushing for the removal of President Uhuru Kenyatta from office.






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