Kenya’s feuding political leaders have announced they will meet to resolve their differences.
Odinga told national television on Friday “it is time to resolve our differences”, as the two politicians made their first public appearance together since the October presidential elections.
Kenyatta said they “have a responsibility as leaders to find solutions. Elections come and go but Kenya remains”.
He called Odinga “his brother” on Friday and promised “we will begin a process of bringing our people together” after the elections.
The two leaders said in a statement they agreed to set up an office staffed with advisers from both parties, to deal with issues ranging from ethnic divisions to the opposition’s disputes with the 2017 election.
Al Jazeera’s Catherine Soi, reporting from Nairobi, said the reconciliation is seen as “perfectly timed to coincide with the visit” by Tillerson.
Kenya is the strongest economy in East Africa and an important US ally. Observers commented that the US played a role in the reconciliation.
The US has been very critical of both Kenyatta and Odinga, our correspondent said.
So “I think the leaders want to say to [Tillerson], ‘Look, we’ve buried the hatchet, we’ve moved forward'”.