July 20, 2018

Finally, Uhuru hints at dialogue with Raila

President Uhuru Kenyatta and Raila Odinga. [www.the-star.co.ke]

Political impasse between President Uhuru Kenyatta and NASA Chief Raila Odinga could soon be a thing of the past with new hints that the President could hold talks with his political nemesis.

Uhuru on Wednesday while in South Africa hinted that he may engage his political opponents once he jets back in the country from South Africa.

“We want to see political parties start to work together and partner in policy making as such partnerships will play a key role in reconnecting with people hence establishing stronger bonds,” the President told the press after meeting South Africa’s Jacob Zuma, reports the Star.

The statement by the President comes after pressure from the international community and locally to dialogue with the opposition.

Last week US Ambassador to Kenya Robert Godec in a meeting with Leader of Minority in Parliament and Senate John Mbadi and Moses Wetangula respectively said time is running out for the ruling coalition to engage their opponents.

Godec said immediate, constructive and sustained dialogue is the only remedy to end political impasse pitting the two coalitions.

Earlier, Uhuru had spoken against holding any political dialogue with NASA. He said he will only engage the opposition in issue affecting the growth and development of the country.

NASA on the hand insists that should Uhuru fail to honor the dialogue call, they will swear-in Raila as the President on January 30.

Speaking in Westlands Yesterday, NASA co-Principal and Ford Kenya Party boss Moses Wetangula urged Uhuru and his Deputy William Ruto to come down from their “pedestal” and dialogue.

“I want to encourage my brother Uhuru and Ruto to climb from their pedal and allow a public conversation that will see the country move ahead. This country does not only belong to the two of you but 45 million Kenyans,” said the Bungoma Senator.

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