You have betrayed us, Miguna tells Odinga

You have betrayed us, Miguna tells Odinga

Kulanka dib Uhuru Kenyatta iyo Raila Odinga ayaa si wada jir ah ula hadlay saxaafadda ka isla markaana balan qaaday in ay bilaabayaan geedi socod dib u heshiisiinta.

"I heard the three complaining of being left out in the talks, but I am wondering why because they were the first to be approached but turned us down fearing that they would be branded traitors", the senator said.

Kenyatta expressed optimism that with direct flights between Kenya and the US starting this October, there will be an "exponential increase" in the number of American tourists, business people and students, taking advantage of world-renowned tourism products and growing trade and investment opportunities in Kenya.

"These martyrs were butchered by agents of the illegitimate Jubilee administration they were perceived to be "supporters" of Raila Odinga", he said.

In their joint address, President Kenyatta said: "We will begin a process of discussing what ails us and what creates division amongst us".

He also told the Kenyan government that it should not threaten the courts.

Before Friday's meeting, the two men had defied calls from Kenyan civil society, religious leaders and Western diplomats to hold talks to overcome deep divisions opened up by the disputed elections.

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Miguna Miguna, a prominent Kenyan opposition lawyer and politician who was deported to Canada in February, denounced the Kenyatta-Odinga reconciliation.

I will return to Kenya on March 26, 2018 so as to continue the struggle for electoral justice and the culture of impunity that both Raila Odinga and Uhuru Kenyatta now represent. "It is good for the country", he said.

"Elections come and go but Kenya remains; so as we must plan for the future, a future that will not be dictated by the forthcoming elections", said Kenyatta.

"We really want to give them the credit".

Noting "the economy has been down", Ndung'u said if the two "resolve their issues, well, at least it will show that we are moving forward and the issue to do with the election is it behind us".

Last year's fraught election season saw one presidential poll annulled by the courts and the re-run boycotted by the opposition.

That's not a coincidence, said independent political analyst Martin Andati.

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