Mr Odinga’s coalition has refused to acknowledge Mr Kenyatta as the duly elected President. At the meeting, Nasa reportedly insisted that any form of dialogue with Jubilee must entail electoral reforms with a view to laying a roadmap for another election, a stance President Kenyatta has dismissed.

The President holds that the campaign period is over and that it is high time the country focuses on development.

DIALOGUE

Mr Yamamoto is expected to meet President Kenyatta in his push to initiate dialogue, and perhaps meet Nasa again afterwards.

The new development comes after the US and United Kingdom governments congratulated President Kenyatta and his deputy William Ruto on their inauguration for the second term. But they called for national dialogue to heal the country following a prolonged period of violent protests that threatened to plunge it into a political crisis.

“As part of the process of addressing these tensions and strengthening institutions, we urge Kenyans to join together to hold an immediate, sustained and open national conversation to heal divisions between communities,” US State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert said.

HEALING

The UK government said all Kenyans should recognise the significance of dialogue and healing after months of divisive politics.

The message was delivered by British Minister for Africa Rory Stewart, who attended the swearing-in ceremony. “I hope all Kenyans will recognise the need for national dialogue and healing,” Stewart said.

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