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Rights body asks Uhuru, Raila to tackle social injustices fast

George Kebaso @Morarak

President Uhuru Kenyatta and Opposition leader Raila Odinga should take advantage of their new-found working relation to address underlying social injustices, the Kenya National Commission on Human Rights (KNCHR) has said.

Commission chair Kagwiria Mbogori lauded the unity deal, saying it augurs well for the country’s economic, social and political development but also asked the leaders to give social injustices arising from electoral injustice, corruption and forced evictions a priority as a way of uniting the nation.

“The meeting at Harambee House was a true show of unity and progressive leadership that will ensure national dialogue and healing following the pre and post-General Election events,” Mbogori told journalists at CVS Plaza. She urged Uhuru and Raila to remain committed towards cultivation of national values and principles of governance as enshrined in the Constitution.

“We urge you to play your leadership role as envisaged under Article 131(e) especially as a symbol of national unity,” she said in a letter to the President which has a range of demands including calls to the government to ratify various African regional treaties mainly on protection of human rights.

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