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Leaders explain why Raila ignored Kalonzo while meeting Uhuru

Leaders explain why Raila ignored Kalonzo while meeting Uhuru

Steering committee chairman David Ndii said: "We have accepted and we acknowledge that its better to reason together than alone".

National Assembly Majority Leader Aden Duale (left) and NASA leader Raila Odinga.

"We commend and congratulate the two leaders for this meeting of minds because we have not had leaders in the past come to this meeting of minds and tell the nation that this (tribalism) is a fundamental problem we have in this nation", he said.

Speaking during a fundraiser at Njoro AIC church, Ruto who was accompanied by two Governors, 15 Jubilee and Opposition MPs, a Senator and a host of MCAs said the national dialogue started by President Uhuru Kenyatta and Opposition leader Raila Odinga should not be about individual politicians or power sharing. "As friends and compatriots, we are remaining vigilant and we ask Kenyans to join hands so that we can do this together".

The move to restore the security detail of the opposition figures comes days after President Uhuru Kenyatta and Mr. Odinga held a meeting last week where they called for truce into their highly polarised political feuds.

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In the election aftermath, about 150 people were killed and Mr Odinga subsequently swore himself in as the "people's president" and refused to recognise election victor, Mr Kenyatta, as head of state.

Fast forward to last Friday, Raila and Uhuru reached a deal ending the antagonism that characterised what turned to be Kenya's longest election season.

The People's Assembly was launched late past year by the opposition NASA to steer forward the people's agenda ahead of Raila's "swearing-in" that took place on January 30.

National Assembly majority leader Aden Duale.

Others in attendance are Mr Johnson Muthama, Dr Esseli Simiyu, Mr Sakwa Bunyasi who, alongside Mr Orengo, are members of the Nasa coordinating committee.