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Uhuru invites Raila to tea, urges end to rhetoric

11 July 2014, 18:38 William Korir

Nairobi - President Uhuru Kenyatta has invited CORD leader Raila Odinga to tea, urging him to meet him for talks and stop undermining his presidency.

The president, speaking in Nandi where he had gone to tour areas hit by the recent illegal alcohol brew that has so far killed 11 people, also urged the opposition to focus on improving lives of Kenyans and reduce politics.

He once again called on Raila to see him at State House if he has any issues to table.

" I have been open about it and will be open again. Anyone who feels like they want to come see me is welcome at State House at any time and any day.

" It is not good to hear threats here and there over matters that have no basis at all. I say that if they have something to say they will come see me over a cup of tea and we will talk, he said.

He mentioned the recent Saba Saba rally in which over 15,000 policemen were deployed to Nairobi's Uhuru Park to ensure peace as unfortunate and unnecessary.

" I mean, we were forced to deploy so many police officers to protect the interests of Kenyans while there are so many other places that require help. That is not being fair to Kenyans, he added.

He again insisted that he will be open to opposition talks but only if they are agenda based.

" We have to look to build the country. We cannot and will not fight forever. We have to seek development and we will move to politics when the time comes.

" They should give us time and opportunity to work for Kenyans and not try to derail the government as they are trying to do, he added.

Deputy president William Ruto also called on the opposition to let the government be as it tries its best to uplift the lives of Kenyans.

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