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Former Kenyan PM urges Kiir, Machar to end animosity
Raila Amolo Odinga, leader of the Orange Democratic Movement.

Kenya’s Raila urges Kiir, Machar to end animosity

President Salva Kiir and his First Vice President Riek Machar have been advised to end their long-running bickering and instead focus on concluding the ongoing peace process in the country.

 Raila Amolo Odinga, the former Kenyan Prime Minister and current presidential aspirant, on Thursday, appealed to the two leaders during the opening of the Freedom Bridge in Juba to seek home based solutions to end their political rivalry.

“I am now talking to my brothers here in South Sudan you have also crisis but the solution is here, the solution is not Addis Ababa, not in Kampala or Entebbe, not in Nairobi, not in Khartoum, the solution is right here,” said Odinga who is seeking to replace President Uhuru Kenyatta when Kenya goes to polls in August.

The revitalized transitional unity government is struggling to complete pending critical tasks under the 2018 revitalized peace agreement due to mistrust.

Despite the parties recently establishing the unified army command, they are yet to graduate the 83,000 unified forces, enact the permanent constitution and establish transitional justice, healing, reconciliation and accountability mechanisms.

The 2018 revitalized peace deal was signed to end years of conflict since December 2013 that killed tens of thousands and displaced millions both internally and externally.

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