The Chairperson of the African Union Commission, Moussa Faki Mahamat has welcomed the joint statement issued on Friday by President Uhuru Kenyatta and Mr. Raila Odinga, pledging to put their political differences aside and work together to address the challenges confronting their country.
“I applaud the leadership shown by President Kenyatta and Mr. Odinga. The joint statement is a very encouraging step towards national reconciliation. I urge all Kenyan leaders to build on this development to strengthen their country’s unity, consolidate its democratic institutions and respond to the aspirations of their people. A stable and prosperous Kenya is in the interest of the region and indeed the entire continent”, said Chairperson Faki.
Kenyatta and Odinga have promised to begin a process of reconciliation following last year’s bitterly contested election.
They called each other “brothers” during a surprise joint media address.
Odinga had sworn himself in as the “people’s president” and refused to recognise Kenyatta as head of state.
The announcement came shortly before the arrival of US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson in Kenya.
Speaking in Nairobi Mr Tillerson later praised the two men for taking “a very positive step”.
However, he also said that Kenya needed to “correct certain actions, like shutting down TV stations and threatening the independence of the courts”.