Uhuru Kenyatta and opposition leader Raila Odinga to work together

Raila Odinga with President Uhuru Kenyatta

The UN Secretary praised Uhuru and his opposition rival Raila Odinga who have promised to begin a process of reconciliation following last year's bitterly contested election.

One lawmaker said Kenyatta, who is in his final term, and Odinga, who turned 73 in January, may be keen on securing their legacies with the new found unity of goal.

The meeting did not happen as the result of pressure from Western countries, there was no external pressure on the two leaders from western countries, specifically the U.S. for the leaders to hold the talks ahead of USA secretary of state Rex W. Tillerson's three-day visit beginning on Friday.

The NASA leaders said they only learned of the talks between the two top politicians through the media.

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Anyanga who spoke during an education function asked Nyanza locals to have a flexible political mind and realize that with politics being over, all efforts should be focused on development.

Before Friday's meeting, the two men had defied calls from Kenyan civil society, religious leaders and Western diplomats to hold talks to overcome deep divisions opened up by the disputed elections.

Friday's breakthrough came just hours before U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson's first official visit Kenya.

Kenyatta was sworn in for a second term in November after an extended election season which saw the Supreme Court nullifying an August presidential poll.

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Speaking after the rare and historic meeting, Odinga told reporters: "The time has come for us to consult and resolve our differences, these differences are becoming too entrenched, people are dying out of these differences". So, I think it's a really good idea that they've met. "And we look forward to the support of every single leader".

Mr Odinga boycotted the repeat election in October, saying adequate electoral reforms had not been made.

For many observers, the historical divisions between the Kenyatta and Odinga dynasties and the ethnic groups they represent cloud the promise of Kenya's democracy.

The Kenyan government shut down three television channels in January on the day that Odinga took a symbolic presidential oath in a mock inauguration.

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