In what could be tremendous achievement in his political life, ODM leader Raila Odinga had two of his friends agreeing to form unitary government after years of negotiations.

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President Uhuru Kenyatta last year tasked Mr Odinga to steer talks between President Salva Kiir and former Vice President Riek Machar in a bid to end civil war in South Sudan.

Since then, Mr Odinga has separately met the two, with his major headache being convincing Riek Machar to return to South Sudan.

On Wednesday, the talks finally bore fruits as Machar and Kiir agreed to form a transitional government in November ahead of polls.

“The parties discussed minor issues and the principals agreed to establish transitional government by 12th November,” Michael Makuei Lueth, the information minister, told reporters.

Both Kiir and Machar said their talks went well, without providing details. Machar said he will visit Juba more often.

“There will be frequent meetings,” he said, standing next to Kiir, his all time competitor and former comrade at SPLM force that liberated the country from Sudan.

For years, Machar had taken refuge in South Africa before moving to Khartoum. Odinga met him in three occasions in a bid to persuade him to return home.

In May this year, Raila jetted to South Sudan where he held talks with President Salva Kiir. He urged him to steer peace process by engaging rebels.

Further, Odinga, who is African Union High Representative for Infrastructural Development, said the AU would help the young nation develop her infrastructure.