Teso elders back President Kenyatta, Raila Odinga talks

Teso elders John Ikokony, Moses Emodo (chairman), Alex Nakalado and Santulinos Opakasi in Busia on Tuesday
Teso elders John Ikokony, Moses Emodo (chairman), Alex Nakalado and Santulinos Opakasi in Busia

Teso South Council of Elders has backed the recent unity talks between President Uhuru Kenyatta and NASA leader Raila Odinga at Harambee House. Led by the Council chairman Moses Emodo, the elders said they back the unity and peace initiative, adding that those opposed to the unity talks want the country to disintegrate.

“As elders we have seen the hand of God in this matter. There was no fault with Raila meeting and talking with President Kenyatta. The openness by the two leaders was a manifestation of our country’s ethic, that Kenya is greater than any individual. President Uhuru and Raila have rightly demonstrated to the world that there is always a chance to dialogue and put any differences aside for the sake of Kenyans,” he said.

Emodo said the handshake between the two is a sign of the healing process from the August 8th general elections which had left the country heavily paralyzed, ethnically and regionally.

“The meeting was a true spirit of brotherhood and great leadership from our two leaders but not a public relations exercise as attributed by certain quarters of the political divide,” he said.

He urged the two leaders to agree on all contentious issues to set the nation on a recovery path after the protracted August 8th and October 26th presidential elections.

Emodo said the latest move by three principals Moses Wetangula, Musalia Mudavadi and Kalonzo Musyoka to endorse the meeting between the two is laudable and should be reciprocated by all peace-loving Kenyans.

Flanked by Santulinos Opakasi, Alex Nakalado and John Ikokony, Emodo further asked the national government leaders to consider the Teso community in the government appointments, adding the community had no representation currently.