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The new Job Uhuru has given Raila amid Cracks in Handshake [PHOTO]

President Uhuru Kenyatta has delegated Orange Democratic Movement(ODM) leader Raila Odinga with the role of Kenya’s special envoy to South Sudan days after Ethiopia delegates failed to broker a deal between two conflicting sides in Africa’s youngest nation.

This comes amid low-tone jitters over the ceasefire agreement the two leaders made on March 9th to save Kenya from a protracted political crisis.

On Tuesday,talks led by Intergovernmental Authority for Development (IGAD) collapsed as the rivalry between President Salva Kiir and former Vice President Riek Machar escalated.

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With the two sides preferring Kenya for mediation, President Kenyatta settled for Mr Odinga as Kenya’s better placed leader to initiate the mediation talks.

“He was supposed to attend MCAs forum in Mombasa but had to change plans after landing in the country on Wednesday,” a senior ODM official, who spoke in anonymity said.

“The president asked him to spearhead negotiations in Juba to bring stability. He is now the official envoy for Kenya in the war tone country.”He added.

Raila with his delegation meeting with President Salva Kiir in Juba on Friday of May 25, 2018 [Photo/ODM]
South Sudan has faced a grueling political impasse barely Barely two years after the famous independence in 2011.

This led to the imminent sacking of Mr Machar, who,together with his self-assembled rebel army,have since taken control of sections of the country.

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Mr Odinga, whose details of his pact with President Uhuru is yet to be known, was preferred due to long experience in governance,mediation and Panafricanism spirit.

Raila and Uhuru have sharply differed in the recent past on calls for constitutional changes, a move that has since laid bare cracks in the famous handshake.


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