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Uhuru, Raila face-off fails to yield agreement on dialogue

29 June 2014, 10:15 William Korir

Nairobi - President Uhuru Kenyatta and CORD leader Raila Odinga met for the first time face to face in Kathiani but despite calls for dialogue, there was nothing conclusive borne out of the meeting.

The two met during the burial service for the late General (Rtd) Jackson Kimeu Mulinge which was held at Kathiani Boys High School grounds in Machakos County Saturday.

CORD leaders led by Raila again repeated their calls for dialogue between the government and the opposition.

The former Prime Minister said that it was important the president gave dialogue a chance.

" We ask again that we sit down and talk about the current situation in the country and we are not saying that we are forcing the president to do something. No, we want him to sit down with us in good faith, he said.

Other CORD leaders present, including fellow principals Kalonzo Musyoka and Moses Wetangula also urged the president to seek dialogue.

" The president needs to know that we are not interested in overturning the government, we just want the best for it, Wetangula said.

The president though did not respond to the calls, instead choosing to take a less political path in his speech.

" I urge Kenyans to remain united and live together as we aim to improve our country, he said.

He did exchange pleasantries with Raila and even shook hands severally, including when Raila left for Narok where CORD had a rally planned for later in the day.

The focus will now shift to threats by the opposition to cause unrest during the Saba Saba rally next month.

CORD has threatened unspecified repercussions to the government if they fail to heed to dialogue.

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