United Nations welcomes Uhuru-Raila deal

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The United Nations through its Secretary General António Guterres has hailed the unity pact reached between President Kenyatta and National Super Alliance (Nasa) leader Raila Odinga.

He, however, expressed concern that, with diminishing chances that they could force a new round of free, fair and credible elections, joining hands with Jubilee Party was the only viable way to safeguard their political legitimacy.

Mudavadi added Odinga briefed them on the details of his meeting with President Kenyatta and stated that a more "elaborate" statement will be given after a follow-up Summit is held. "This is the best legacy by our seniors, the best benefit to our citizenry", he said in a statement. But he said NASA will resume should the Uhuru-Raila agreement be breached.

And he has gone ahead to ask Kenyans to give the two leaders maximum support toward the unity efforts.

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

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

The Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) and the ruling Jubilee Party have agreed to unite and work together in a bid to support a deal signed between thier respective leaders Raila Odinga and Uhuru Kenyatta.

Mr Odinga, it is also understood, has been uneasy with the Opposition's isolation by the West, which has denied him and his colleagues leverage to push their much-touted electoral and judicial reforms.

The NASA leader, Mr. Odinga, would proceed to swear himself in on January 30, 2018 as the People's President in an event that was skipped by his co-principals Kalonzo Musyoka (Wiper), Musalia Mudavadi (ANC) and Moses Wetangula (FORD Kenya), with the leaders saying they were under house arrest.

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