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Raila makes another U-turn over dialogue with Uhuru

Jackson O'Mogeni
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[Raila Odinga in a past event. He now says he will accept dialogue if he is treated as Uhuru’s equal. Photo/Nation]

NASA leader Raila Odinga is ready to embrace dialogue should President Uhuru Kenyatta treat him as his equal.

Previously, Odinga had said he will only engage in a dialogue that would enlist electoral justice as one of the top agenda.

"Odinga has always been open to dialogue. Before this election, he sought it to ensure it would be credibly done but there was no willingness from the other side," read a statement by Salim Lone.

He added: "He will only enter into dialogue if it is held between equals as done in 2008 between sworn-in Mwai Kibaki and himself. Electoral justice must be among top agenda."

To avert ongoing political impasse, the US says, both Odinga and Uhuru Kenyatta should allow a national conversation.

But on Thursday morning, a visibly agitated Odinga accused the US of remaining mum over police brutality adding that the West was not qualified to push for dialogue.

"They have remains silent on police brutality yet they are telling us to respect the constitution, Which constitution? My foot."

He further said: "They are allowed to advise us in private but not telling us what we are supposed to do. We know the law very well."

On Tuesday, Odinga reportedly dismissed Amrica's calls to halt swearing-in plans despite Washington DC being at the center of the anticipated dialogue.

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