Tillerson feeling better, will resume work in Kenya after canceling Saturday events

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U.S.'s Tillerson 'not feeling well', cancels activities in Kenya

U.S.'s Tillerson 'not feeling well', cancels activities in KenyaU.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson cancelled scheduled events on Saturday on the second day of a visit to Kenya because “he is not feeling well”, a State Department spokesman said. “The secretary is not feeling well after a long couple days working on major issues back home such as North Korea and has cancelled his events for the day,” spokesman Steve Goldstein told reporters travelling with Tillerson. “Some events will go ahead without him, while they are looking at the possibility of rescheduling others,” said Goldstein, under-secretary of state for public diplomacy and public affairs at the State Department.

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U.S.'s Tillerson says Kenya should not stifle media, threaten courts

U.S.'s Tillerson says Kenya should not stifle media, threaten courtsU.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said on Friday in Nairobi that he had shared his concerns with Kenya’s president about the importance of democracy and said the government should not stifle the media and threaten the courts. The Kenyan government shut down three television channels in January on the day opposition leader Raila Odinga took a symbolic presidential oath, then defied a court order to switch them back on. “We believe that there are actions that need to be taken in Kenya and that they need to correct certain actions like shutting down independent TV stations and threatening the independence of the courts,” Tillerson told a news conference in the Kenyan capital.

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Kenya's president and opposition leader pledge to heal divisions in surprise announcement 

Kenya's president and opposition leader pledge to heal divisions in surprise announcement Kenya’s President Uhuru Kenyatta and opposition leader Raila Odinga promised on Friday to unite the country after elections last year in which around 100 people were killed mainly in clashes between opposition supporters and security forces. The surprise announcement is likely to lower political tension in a country that is East Africa’s richest economy and a key regional hub for security, diplomacy and trade. In a live television address with Kenyatta on the steps of the president’s office, Odinga said the time had come to resolve their differences. It was the first joint public appearance of its kind by the two politicians since 2013. Kenyatta said: “We have a responsibility as leaders to find solutions. Elections come and go but Kenya remains.” They said in a statement they have agreed to establish a new office staffed by advisers to tackle the divisions ranging from opposition complaints over the election to tensions between ethnic groups and corruption. Kenyatta was sworn in last November for a second term after winning a repeat presidential election last Oct. 26 that Odinga boycotted. The Supreme Court earlier nullified an August presidential poll and order the October re-run. Murithi Mutiga, a senior analyst with the International Crisis Group, said the meeting between the two “titans” of Kenyan politics was key because they have been feuding for so long. Kenya’s President Uhuru Kenyatta (L) and National Super Alliance (NASA) coalition opposition leader Raila Odinga shake hands after addressing a press conference on March 9, 2018  Credit:  AFP “The symbolism is very important but it is vital that they also invest heavily in ensuring that a more lasting settlement emerges from their talks,” he said, citing the need to stamp out violence every time elections are called. The election season blunted growth in Kenya, East Africa’s richest economy and a Western ally in a volatile region. In January, Odinga took a symbolic presidential oath in a Nairobi park in a direct challenge to Kenyatta. Before the Friday 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. Odinga said the opposition had decided to change tactics for the sake of the country’s unity. “We refuse to allow our diversity to kill our nation,” he said. Odinga’s allies in his NASA coalition, including his running mate in last year’s poll, Kalonzo Musyoka, said they were not aware of the meeting and promised to give a detailed statement later. U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson arrives in the Kenyan capital later on Friday as part of a seven-day visit to Africa and one analyst said his arrival could be linked to the rapprochement between Kenyatta and Odinga. “The U.S. should not be dismissed or discounted. They have successfully engineered this,” said Aly Khan Satchu, an independent analyst in Nairobi. One lawmaker said Kenyatta, who is in his final term, and Odinga, who turned 73 in January, may be keen on securing their legacies with the new found unity of purpose. Moses Kuria, a legislator for Kenyatta’s Jubilee party said the meeting could be the start of ending the cycle of disputed elections and their ruinous impact on economic growth. “We are the only country that goes for elections and ends up with an economic slump… It is good for the country,” said.

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Kenya president, opposition leader pledge reconciliation

Kenya president, opposition leader pledge reconciliationPresident Uhuru Kenyatta met opposition leader Raila Odinga in public on Friday for the first time since last year’s hotly-disputed elections, with the pair promising to heal the country’s divisions. The surprise meeting at Kenyatta’s downtown office on Friday ended with the symbolic appearance of the two men standing side-by-side to deliver a joint statement. “We have come to a common understanding, an understanding that this country of Kenya is greater than any one individual, and that for this country to come together leaders must come together,” Kenyatta said.

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