Former President John Mahama has lauded Kenya President Uhuru Kenyatta and opposition leader Raila Odinga’s attempts at reconciliation following last year’s bitterly contested election.

In the election aftermath, about 150 people were killed and Mr Odinga subsequently swore himself in as the “people’s president” and refused to recognise election winner, Mr Kenyatta, as head of state.

They had both dismissed all calls for talks, from Kenyans and foreign diplomats but in their joint address, President Kenyatta referred to Mr Odinga as his “brother”.

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Raila Odinga (R) had refused to recognise Uhuru Kenyatta (L) as president Raila Odinga (R) had refused to recognise Uhuru Kenyatta (L) as president.

Their meeting notably occurred ahead of a visit by US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, who is expected to land in Nairobi for a three-day diplomatic tour.

Mr. Mahama, alongside other observer groups, had declared the August 8, 2017 elections which the incumbent Uhuru Kenyatta won, as free and fair, despite the irregularities alleged by Kenya’s opposition leader, Raila Odinga.