NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta has revived hopes
among Kenyans of uniting the country after publicly backing his
unity deal with opposition leader Raila Odinga.
deal signed on March 9 ended political acrimony after hotly
contested polls in 2017, creating a positive business
On Wednesday, Kenyatta reaffirmed his commitment to the
political pact, reviving hopes for its full implementation.
"Some people have been asking, why did you go to speak with
"But I tell them he is a Kenyan, and I have all the right to
speak to him, and others ready to unite Kenyans," Kenyatta said
in Nairobi at a public forum.
Deputy President William Ruto, who was at the event, backed
"Mr President, we have all agreed that the time for politics
is over, and that the government you lead is now focused on
On Thursday, the clarion call for unity gathered momentum
during a National Prayer Breakfast, attended by Kenyatta, Odinga,
Ruto and Kalonzo Musyoka.
The leaders apologized to each other for any wrongs they
committed during the 2017 elections.
"Let’s work together.
"We can come together and fight corruption and not use tribes
"We need to go forward together and preach unity," said
Kenyans supporting the unity deal have welcomed the
reaffirmation from the president, noting it has come at the
"I had lost hope in the unity as both Odinga and Kenyatta
were talking little about it but I now believe it is on course,"
Moses Bosire, a matatu conductor in Nairobi, said Thursday.
The unity deal is important and dear to Kenyans because it
promises to address many challenges the country is facing.
They include political exclusion, ethnic divisions,
unemployment and worrying graft levels.
Political exclusion and ethnic divisions have contributed to
acrimonious elections after every five years, with Kenyans
fighting every time.
The worst case was in 2007 when elections led to the killing
of at least 10 people and displacement of thousands.
As Kenyatta, Odinga has assured Kenyans that the deal is
alive and its implementation is on course despite opposition.
"Never again shall a Kenyan die because of elections.
"We will fight corruption together and we are committed to
the unity deal and it will be implemented," said Odinga on
Political pundits have noted that the assurances from Odinga,
Kenyatta and other leaders is what the country needs currently.
"Many Kenyans supporting both opposition and ruling party
believe the pact is good for the country but a lot of talk has
been coming from opponents of the deal leading to despondency,"
said Henry Wandera, an economics lecturer and political analyst
According to Wandera, the benefits of the deal are huge as it
affects social, economic and political welfare of the country.
"The shilling has strengthened since March 9 and the economy
is expected to grow above 5 percent thanks to the deal.
That shows how significant it is to Kenya," said Wandera.
He added there is plenty of politics surrounding the deal but
was hopeful that it would be fully implemented.
Politics based on unity is key to national
prosperity says President Kenyatta