Kenya’s President William Ruto on Monday, November 28, met Rtd. President Uhuru Kenyatta met for the first time since assuming office on Tuesday, September 13.
Ruto, met his predecessor at the Safari Park Hotel where the Third Round Inter-Congolese Peace Consultations commonly referred to as Nairobi III is ongoing.
The Head of State and his Burundi counterpart Evariste Ndayishimiye also attended the meeting which was chaired by former President Uhuru Kenyatta.
Before the official opening of the peace talks, Uhuru took to his new Twitter page to share photos of him walking closely with his successor William Ruto.
Ruto, who fell out with his predecessor in the run-up to the August 9, presidential election commended Uhuru for putting aside his political affiliations to spearhead peace in the region.
“Because of the interest of our nation, region, continent and because peace was important to Kenya and DRC and our region, Kenyatta has done a wonderful job as he facilitates this process because we value peace,” Ruto said.
On his part, Uhuru noted that since the talks began, relative peace had been realized after a number of armed groups agreed to join the talks for lasting peace in Eastern DRC.
“As we meet here today, I would like to indicate that there are a number of armed groups that undertook to cease hostilities in advance of Nairobi one and have kept their part of the bargain to date,
“I would like to commend these groups for vesting their faith in the process that we are undertaking and on our part, we commit to doing everything possible to ensure the success of this initiative,” explained Uhuru.
It is worth noting that the former Head of State was in a different political camp from the current president.
In the build-up to the August 9, election, Uhuru endorsed former Prime Minister Raila Odinga to take over the reins of power from him.