Pesident Obama Sends Words To Raila Odinga On 2017 Elections

The United State President Barack Obama delivered a rare Oval office address, urging CORD leader Raila Odinga to work with jubilee administration ahead of the 2017 elections.

The leader through the US Secretary of State, John Kerry, urged the Opposition to work with the current government to make sure the nation conducts a free and fair election next year.

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Kerry, who was speaking during a meeting at the Villa Rosa Kempinski Hotel, Nairobi, said that Obama was not happy with the destructive street demonstrations by the Opposition which demanded for the sacking of the current electoral body.

He emphasized that the US does not want a repeat of the 2007 post-election violence.

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The Opposition was also told to support a report by the Joint Parliamentary Select Committee on electoral reforms by the two groups as it would lead to peace and stability.

Another source who was in the meeting said “Mr Kerry urged the leaders to support the proposed electoral reforms in the report by the joint select committee. His message was that the report was a product of both political sides and should be supported in full”.

“He was clear that the United States wanted free, fair and transparent elections conducted in a peaceful manner.” The source also added.

The White House concluded by saying Obama will not stand another post-election violence that happened in 2007.

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The three CORD principals, Amani Coalition leader Musalia Mudavadi and Narc-Kenya party leader Martha Karua were all in the meeting.

The US has said it would support civic education with Sh2.5 Billion as Kenya heads towards the General Election.