People's Assemblies suspended as Raila, Uhuru pursue pact

Raila Odinga

Southern Africa Centre for Constructive Resolution of Disputes (SACCORD) Executive Director Boniface Cheembe says Africa is looking at how Zambia will reciprocate following the reconciliation between Kenya President Uhuru Kenyatta and opposition leader Raila Odinga.

NASA strategist David Ndii said their move became necessary after their leader Raila Odinga signed a memorandum with President Kenyatta in a move that has kicked off the process of uniting the country.

While announcing the formation of the People's Assemblies late a year ago, Odinga said the formation will be a broad based forum consisting of elected leaders and the leadership of other sectors of society in particular workers, civil society, religious leaders, women, youth and economic interest groups.

"It is better to reason together than separately", he said.

Obasanjo visits Cemetery of 73 people killed by Herdsmen in Benue
He had earlier visited Taraba and Plateau states and expected to travel to Yobe, Zamfara and Rivers states, in the coming days. He denied insinuations that he overlooked the killings that happened in Benue, saying he is genuinely anxious over them.

Ahead of U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson's visit to Kenya last Friday, Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta and Raila Odinga vowed to end the rivalry which led to the deaths of more than 100 people in election violence past year.

"We take this opportunity to caution those opportunistic mindsets that will always wish to ride on confusion and unnecessary tribulations of our people as a country, " said Mr Okumu.

The Jubilee leaders were also quick to allay fears that the new alliance between Kenyatta and Odinga presented a new political matrix in the 2022 elections.

Raila once said Ruto needs him comes 2022 and his actions last week confirms that he is positioning himself for Ruto Tosha slogan.Before 2013 election, the President and his deputy formed a coalition which aimed at bringing the two communities together.

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