, NAIROBI, Kenya, Apr 13 – President Uhuru Kenyatta and his deputy William Ruto on Saturday met and held talks with former PM Raila Odinga and ex-vice president Kalonzo Musyoka at State House, Nairobi.
During the meeting, the CORD leaders conveyed their message of goodwill to the president and his deputy saying they wished them well in running the country.
The talks also touched on the need to bring Kenyans together and unite the country, in light of the recently concluded General Election that was closely contested.
During the meeting, President Kenyatta expressed the willingness of the Jubilee leadership to nurture a working relationship with all Kenyans irrespective of their political affiliation in order to strengthen national unity.
The leaders called upon Kenyans to rise above the differences that arose during the election period and join hands in nation building as members of the same Kenyan family.
A dispatch from Odinga’s office added the talks focussed on the upcoming State Opening of the 11th Parliament, which the two CORD leaders promised to attend.
The leaders also discussed modalities for a bipartisan approach to issues in Parliament, the leadership of critical House Committees and the role of the minority party.
President Kenyatta and Ruto pledged that the Jubilee Coalition, which commands a majority in both houses, was committed to ensuring the existence of a strong opposition party as a necessary tool for democratisation and to ensure steady check on the government.
The president and his deputy said they were keen to see the minority party playing a critical role in key committees like the Public Accounts Committee.