United States top diplomat in Kenya for three-day visit

Carter Center say Kenya's polls were a setback for democracy

President 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.

Agriculture Cabinet secretary Mwangi Kiunjuri welcomed the talks by Uhuru and Raila saying the country's unity and prosperity is more important than any personal needs.

Kenyatta said they "have a responsibility as leaders to find solutions". "That starting today, we will begin a process of bringing our people together".

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.

"Elections come and go but Kenya remains", as told by Mr Kenyatta.

"We have come to a common understanding, an understanding that this country of Kenya is greater thatn any one individual", Kenyatta tweeted.

He also expressed hope that the new beginnings would see Kenyans and development take centre stage and "not using tribal cocoons to bargain for positions".

Odinga, who has refused to recognize Kenyatta as president, paraphrased US president Abraham Lincoln.

Mudavadi noted that the other three NASA co-principals, himself, Kalonzo Musyoka and Moses Wetangula were "neither aware, briefed, consulted nor invited", to the meeting between Kenyatta and Odinga.

Miguna, whose deportation was ruled illegal by Kenya's High Court, said in his statement that he would return to Kenya on March 26 "to continue the struggle for electoral justice...."

Tillerson said Washington looks forward to seeing successful implementation of the Continental Free Trade Area (CFTA) because it offers a big market in which the US wants to engage.

Odinga refused to recognize Kenyatta's win; in January, he held a rally where his supporters symbolically inaugurated the opposition leader as president.

That's not a coincidence, said independent political analyst Martin Andati.

Tillerson, who arrived in Nairobi on Friday afternoon as part of his tour of Africa, said the U.S.is interested in widening its investment in Kenya and strengthening trade relations between the two countries.

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