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Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta on Friday met opposition leader Raila Odinga, vowing to end rivalry which led to the deaths of 100 people in elections a year ago.

Hogaamiyaha Mucaaradka Kenya Mr.Odinga ayaa dhankiisa sheegay in la joogo waqtigii la xalin lahaa dhibaatada ama khilaafka u dhexeeyaa isaga iyo Kenyatta.

Machakos governor, Alfred Mutua and his Nyeri counterpart Mutahi Kahiga said the meeting of the two national leaders has eased ethnic tension and was a step in the right direction.

"Tillerson will focus on continued support for the democratic process in Kenya, refugee issues, and press freedom", the US embassy said in a brief statement issued before the top diplomat's arrival in Nairobi. "Elections come and go, but Kenya remains", Kenyatta said.

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Secretary Tillerson arrives in the Kenyan capital on Friday afternoon, part of his seven-day visit to Africa.

While political violence did not come close to that which followed the 2007 vote - when over 1,100 lives were lost - the disputed elections led to the deaths of over 100 people, a lot of them shot by police.

Mr Odinga pressed a lawsuit challenging Mr Kenyatta's victory in last year's August election and the Supreme Court ordered a new election. It does not bear the imprint of NASA Summit as it ought to be.

I understand that Mr. Odinga has further stated that the "conflict is over" and called on the country to "reconcile and move on". "We refuse to allow our diversity to kill our nation", he said.

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The senator who is also the senate majority leader however faulted the three Nasa Co-principals - Mr Musalia Mudavadi, Mr Kalonzo Musyoka and Mr Moses Wetang'ula - for complaining that they were not consulted.

Speaking during the meeting with Tillerson, President Kenyatta hailed the presence of top American companies in Kenya: "Leading US multinationals such as IBM, Microsoft, Google, General Electric, Coca Cola, and Bechtel, to name but a few, have opened their regional offices in Kenya; thereby providing themselves with the best platform to access the vast African market". "They have successfully engineered this", said Aly Khan Satchu, an independent analyst in Nairobi.

Odinga, who spoke first, expressed similar sentiments.

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