Kenyan opposition suspends plans to oust president

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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.

They will also help the ruling Jubilee Party as it begins preparing for the next elections in 2022.

This comes barely a week after President Kenyatta and Opposition chief Raila Odinga held a meeting that shocked the whole country on Friday, March 9 where they emerged and declared they had shelved their personal interests for the sake of the nation. "We shall be retreating to ensure our individual parties, political organs are brought up to speed so that these issues are discussed and at the subsequent Summit meeting we shall break it down on the issues we have talked about today", the ANC leader said. But he said NASA will resume should the Uhuru-Raila agreement be breached.

The co-principals were asked to surrender their mobile phones to their aides before the meeting started, which could be a sign of the growing mistrust within the coalition since Friday's events.

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Working with Jubilee, he added, would in fact be beneficial to Nasa.

He said unity was critical to achieving economic progress in the country hence the need to support President Kenyatta's commitment to national cohesion.

"We have listened to Mr Odinga".

The leaders refused to field questions from reporters, but reiterated that they were never opposed to national dialogue.

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Raila Odinga said last week that he's abandoning a defiance campaign aimed at toppling President Uhuru Kenyatta.

For Mr Kabando, he says he has been vindicated since what he stood for has come to pass.

"The Opposition needs to accept this as the basis for the dialogue that it, and many Kenyans, want".

Bodyguards were withdrawan in early February after the "swearing-in" of Odinga as "people's president".

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Mr. Kenyatta and Mr. Odinga called each other "brothers" during a surprise joint TV address.

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