Kenyan Opposition Suspends 'People's Assembly' After Rivals Meet

  • Kenyan Opposition Suspends 'People's Assembly' After Rivals Meet

Kenyan Opposition Suspends 'People's Assembly' After Rivals Meet

The Kenyan government on Monday restored the security detail of opposition leaders and lawmakers, days after President Uhuru Kenyatta and opposition leader Raila Odinga agreed on a unity deal.

The Organising Committee led by Economist David Ndii announced that they would give the initiative a chance as opposed to pursuing a parallel path to inclusivity. We have accepted and we acknowledge it is better to reason together than separately.

The People's Assembly was launched by Odinga past year after he disputed the 2 presidential elections held in August and October 2017.

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 previous year.

"This support is not a carte blanche, neither is it unconditional. We know that once crisis subsides, leaders can get comfortable and indeed do get comfortable and allow the issues of the people to fade into the background", Ndii said.

Leaders of Kenya's ruling Jubilee party, led by Deputy President William Ruto, have lauded last week's meeting between President Uhuru Kenyatta and opposition leader Raila Odinga, saying it sets the pace for peace and reconciliation in the country.

In the election aftermath, about 150 people were killed and Mr Odinga subsequently swore himself in as the "people's president" and refused to recognise election victor, Mr Kenyatta, as head of state.

On Friday, Kenyatta and Odinga agreed to work together to advance national healing and cohesion after a divisive election period last fall.