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Southern Africa Centre for Constructive Resolution of Disputes (SACCORD) Executive Director Boniface Cheembe says Africa is looking at how Zambia will reciprocate following the reconciliation between Kenya President Uhuru Kenyatta and opposition leader Raila Odinga.

"We welcome the statement issued jointly by President Uhuru Kenyatta and Mr. Raila Odinga on 9 March 2018 declaring their commitment to work together to strengthen the unity of the country for all Kenyans", Guterres said in a statement.

In a joint statement read by Musila on Tuesday morning, the leaders who included former Kilome lawmaker Regina Ndambuki said by putting aside their differences for the good of the country, the two leaders had demonstrated true statesmanship.

The rare meeting of scions of Kenya's founding fathers elicited mixed reactions but there was a common feeling of optimism.

"We the leaders are summoned to take the front seat and heal the growing ethnic and sectarian strife in the country after every election cycle", Odinga said. This pledge is welcome: the warm words between the two men should help end the protracted crisis provoked by last year's disputed presidential election, while raising prospects for some form of national dialogue and reforms to avert a repeat.

He announced fierce resistance to Kenyatta's rule that culminated in his mock swearing in as the "people's president" on January 30 at a public park in Nairobi.

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President Kenyatta was sworn in for a second term last November after he won an election re-run in October, which Mr Odinga had boycotted.

Odinga said Kenyans "can not remember why and where they disagreed in the first place". Not all of us may have fought in the times of war, but all of us MUST fight for peace.

"It is better to reason together than separately", he said.

He emphasized that Kenyans must refuse to allow their diversity to kill their nation. "This is a call to self-reflection", the opposition leader said.

Before Friday, Kenyatta and Odinga had defied calls from civil society, religious leaders and Western diplomats to hold talks to overcome deep divisions after the elections.

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