Let’s dialogue, Uhuru now tells Raila Odinga

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President Uhuru Kenyatta and NASA leader Raila Odinga shake hands at the All Saints Cathedral on November 5, 2017. PHOTO: PSCU

Uhuru Kenyatta has softened his stance and is inviting the National Super Alliance leader Raila Odinga to a round table after initially saying such talks would not be possible, at least not before he is sworn in.

The President-elect on Sunday, November the 5th, extended an olive branch to the Opposition head by inviting him for talks to end the current political stalemate in the country.

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President Uhuru Kenyatta and NASA leader Raila Odinga take photos at the All Saints Cathedral on November 5, 2017. PHOTO: PSCU

But responding to the invite, Mr Odinga indicated that he was willing to meet with the President only if the agenda was aimed at addressing the electoral injustices of the August and October elections, nothing more nothing less.

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President Kenyatta who responding to calls for dialogue by visiting Archbishop of Canterbury, The Most Rev (Rtd) Justin Welby, during centennial celebrations for the Anglican Church of Kenya at All Saints Cathedral in Nairobi, said he was open to talks on uniting the country and more so mending broken relationships. Mr Odinga and Chief Justice David Maraga also attended the service.

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The meeting between the two political rivals was the first public encounter since the October 26 repeat presidential elections.

In his carefully crafted sermon, Archbishop Welby noted reconciliation was the only way Kenya could remain a model nation for Africa, and that disagreements can only be sorted out through understanding.

“Kenya has been a good model of peace and reconciliation across Africa,” he noted. Adding; “Reconciliation is a supreme gift of Jesus, and is so costly it caused Jesus to die on the cross.”

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“We have heard your message on the need for reconciliation and I hope everyone in the congregation has heard it as well,” President Kenyatta said regarding Archbishop Welby’s request in what many translated it as a challenge for Raila Odinga.

But speaking to journalists moments later, Mr Odinga who insists the October 26 poll was a sham, maintained that his victory in the August 8 elections was “stolen” as well.