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Uhuru once again reaches out to Raila on dialogue

07 June 2014, 17:58 Victor Tinto

Nairobi - President Uhuru Kenyatta once again reached out to CORD leader Raila Odinga on his call for dialogue but insisted the talks must center solely on development agendas.

The president was speaking in Rongo during the funeral of Rongo MP Dalmas Otieno's daughter Eflyne Otieno Saturday.

Uhuru was initially hoping to stay clear of political issues during the funeral but when pressed to speak about the matter, he was welcoming of the idea of dialogue with the opposition.

" As I have said earlier, I welcome dialogue with the opposition as is is part of my job to listen to the voice of the public which the opposition undoubtedly represents, he said.

" That said, we are in 2014 and the elections are not due till 2017. Let us dialogue over matters that will lift the lives of Kenyans. Let us speak about development and how to improve lively-hoods.

" If that is so, I welcome my brother for talks at any time, but we have to steer clear of politics, he insisted.

CORD leader Raila Odinga has insisted that there be talks on a wide range of issues including ethnicity in public appointments and the disbandment of the electoral commission IEBC.

Uhuru though has insisted that the calls for disbandment of the IEBC should be taken to parliament and has said he will give a wide berth to the pre-planned July 7 dialogue dates set by the opposition.

" The talks must be useful to the country. We do not need to cause division and disunity now. It is of no help to the mwananchi, he has previously said.

As expected, Raila did not attend the Rongo funeral, despite Dalmas being a close friend of his and long time ally.

It is understood that the reason for him missing the funeral was because he had other pressing engagements which according to his team left him with no choice but to miss the funeral.

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