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Extend unity talks to stakeholders, UK envoy urges

The British government has called for an inclusive dialogue as a move to foster unity in Kenya following cracks that emerged from the 2017 elections.

British High Commissioner to Kenya Nic Hailey said his government welcomed talks initiated between President Uhuru Kenyatta and National Super Alliance (Nasa) leader Raila Odinga but noted that such should be extended to include various politicians, religious and civic leaders with a view to unifying the country.

Speaking in Kisumu when he paid a courtesy call on Governor Anyang’ Nyong’o before visiting the County Assembly, Hailey said the unity pact between the two leaders would be realised effectively through a wide dialogue involving all key stakeholders.

“The talks should include strengthening of institutions such as electoral body, Judiciary and reform of the security services which deals with enforcement of law and order,” he said. Nyong’o echoed Hailey’s sentiments saying dialogue is right on course and appealed to other political leaders to support Uhuru-Raila unity deal.

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