Uhuru Kenyatta, Raila Odinga Move To Reconcile

President Uhuru Kenyatta and Opposition leader Raila Odinga share a light moment at the foot steps of Harambee House where they resolved to work together and unite the country

Tillerson is expected to hold several meetings in the country, including meeting with President Uhuru Kenyatta on topics such as trade, global terrorism and emerging issues after the 2017 general elections.

Kenya's president and opposition leader have promised to begin a process of reconciliation following last year's bitterly contested election.

"The U.S.is glad to see Kenya building investor confidence because that will help in the growth of the economy", Tillerson said.

On the NASA side, former Nyatike MP Edick Anyanga said the meeting between Raila and Uhuru has been long overdue.

"Fifty-four years since independence, we are challenged to audit our progress toward the ideals for which our fathers fought to establish a free and independent country and for which many of our compatriots died".

Mr Odinga said it was "time to resolve our differences". "I am cheering for success of Kenya", Tillerson said during a press briefing at Villa Rossa Kempinski Hotel on Friday evening.

In their joint address, President Kenyatta referred to Mr Odinga as his "brother".

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While political violence did not come close to that which followed the 2007 vote - when over 1,100 lives were lost - the disputed elections led to the deaths of over 100 people, majority shot by police.

Last fall alone, Kenyan security forces killed at least 55 people in election-related violence, according to Human Rights Watch. "It is good for the country", he said. "And, hopefully we can progress from this".

He also was expected to meet with American diplomats serving at the new U.S. Embassy. "I think the leaders want to say to [Tillerson], 'Look, we've buried the hatchet, we've moved forward". The Supreme Court earlier nullified an August presidential poll and ordered the October re-run. Observers feared further division would follow the provocative action and the government's crackdown on independent television and the opposition.

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has canceled a day of events in Kenya due to illness.

Political analyst and writer Patrick Gathara said such a dialogue is still needed despite Friday's meeting.

He said he is keen to see an increasing footprint of USA companies and businesses that have chosen to establish their regional bases in Kenya.

On South Sudan, the Kenyan leader said that his country, together with other regional partners, has remained fully engaged in finding a lasting solution.

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