UN welcomes Uhuru-Raila deal, backs unity efforts

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The United Nations has welcomed President Uhuru Kenyatta and Nasa leader Raila Odinga’s bid to unite Kenyans.

Secretary General Antonio Guterres reiterated the UN’s commitment to supporting Kenya’s efforts for peace, stability and development.

“We welcome the statement [they] issued … declaring their commitment to working together to strengthen the unity of the country for all Kenyans,” Guterres said in a statement.

Uhuru and Raila shocked Kenyans last Friday by meeting at Harambee House and addressing a joint press conference at which they declared an end to the 2017 electoral contest.

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The two asked Kenyans to back them in efforts to end the hostilities that followed the August and October elections, and join them in putting the country back on the development path.

The two antagonists announced that they had buried the hatchet and “agreed to roll out a programme that will implement our shared
objectives”.

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They signed a communique highlighting plans to deal with ethnic friction and
competition, lack of national ethos and corruption. The goals are inclusivity, effective devolution, safety
and security, shared prosperity and respect for human
and civil rights.

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