Eye on Africa

Kenya's president and opposition leader meet in show of unity

A promise of reconciliation: Kenya's President Uhuru Kenyatta and opposition leader Raila Odinga agree to put last year's bitterly contested elections firmly behind them and resolve their differences. Staying in Kenya, US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson visits Nairobi on the second leg of his Africa tour. And as the world celebrated International Women's Day this week, we bring you a report from Mali.


But first, "we've come to a common understanding". Those were the words of Kenya's President Uhuru Kenyatta this Friday, during a surprise meeting with opposition leader Raila Odinga. Calling each other "brother", the former arch-rivals vowed to reconcile, following bitterly contested elections which turned deadly in 2017.

Meanwhile, the US's top diplomat, Rex Tillerson, is also currently in Kenya. He's there as part of an African tour, which he kicked off in Djibouti today. Earlier, Tillerson praised President Kenyatta for his efforts with Raila Odinga.

Finally, International Women's Day was marked worldwide this week. FRANCE 24's reporters headed to the town of Menaka in northeast Mali to see how it was celebrated there. Five years ago, the French army intervened against Islamist militants. Today, the terror threat still looms large, but women say their real struggle is about gaining equality.

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