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Kenya's president calls for 'forgiveness'

Kenya's President Uhuru Kenyatta has called for forgiveness and reconciliation during his state of the nation address.

"If there was anything I said last year that hurt or wounded you, if I damaged the unity of this country in any way, I ask you to forgive me, and to join me in repairing that harm," Mr Kenyatta said.

Mr Kenyatta was criticized for calling the judges "thugs" after the Supreme Court annulled his election win in August 2017.

He won a re-run, which was boycotted by his main rival Raila Odinga. Mr Kenyatta called Mr Odinga "a mad man".

"I pray that all of us will spend the days and weeks after this address repairing the bonds that frayed last year," he said during today's address.

"Let us apologize for our words,and for the anger and malice that Kenyans heard."

The President won an heated election re-run last October, which Mr Odinga had boycotted.

Around 150 people were killed in election-related, with police accused of using excessive force to quell opposition-organised protests.

Mr Odinga and Mr Kenyatta shook hands in March to promote reconciliation.

There was a mixed response by Kenyans to today's speech by Mr Kenyatta:

Encouraging that Uhuru apologised for damaging the unity of the country with his words anger, malice and hatred in… twitter.com/i/web/status/9…

An obvious missed opportunity to build more bridges by failing to condemn police brutality and condole victims and… twitter.com/i/web/status/9…

A Twitter user wrote "Kenyans can’t reconcile and be at peace without the truth."

@Ukenyatta has asked for forgiveness. Now let the IEBC serves be opened. Kenyans can’t reconcile and be at peace wi… twitter.com/i/web/status/9…

Apologizing is not just words it's compensation and justice 4 the damage and loss of life in the hands of the polic… twitter.com/i/web/status/9…

Odinga: We may sue Facebook over election

Kenya"s opposition leader Raila Odinga (L) arrives at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) in Nairobi early March 27, 2018,
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Raila Odinga is "contemplating" legal action against both Facebook and Cambridge Analytica

Kenyan opposition leader Raila Odinga has told a UK broadcaster his coalition is considering legal action against Facebook.

Speaking to Channel 4 News, Mr Odinga accused the social media giant of "co-operating" with groups like Cambridge Analytica - the scandal-hit company used by his rival, Uhuru Kenyatta.

The group, which is accused of exploiting the data of millions of Facebook users, worked for current President Kenyatta in both the 2013 and 2017 elections.

Mr Odinga said the experience Cambridge Analytica had gathered between the two dates had allowed them to "perfect" their approach.

He described some of the methods used as "devilish".

Mr Odinga said he and his colleagues were "contemplating" suing both groups for the role they played in last year's election - but that any legal action would take place outside of Kenya.

Facebook had previously apologised for failing to protect users' data.

It's still unclear exactly what role Cambridge Analytica or Facebook played in the Kenyan elections.

You can watch the full interview here.

No golf for Kenya's opposition leader

Kenya's opposition leader Raila Odinga, the self-declared "peoples president", made another public appearance with his long-time political nemesis turned "brother and friend", President Uhuru Kenyatta.

The two leaders who have decided to work together to "reconcile the nation" after a bitter and often violent political campaign period attended a golf tournament together on Sunday.

Mr Odinga, an ardent football fan, tweeted that he would have preferred to watch local soccer giants Gor Mahia than golf.

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Kenya gives Miguna 'defaced' passport back

Miguna Miguna - the lawyer who played a key role in the mock inauguration of Kenyan opposition leader Raila Odinga - has been given his passport back by the government.

Kenya's courts ordered its return after it was confiscated earlier this month.

However, Mr Miguna, who was deported to Canada, says the returned passport had been defaced.

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Last week, Judge Luka Kimaru declared Mr Miguna's deportation "illegal", ordering the government to reissue the lawyer with his Kenyan passport within seven days.

Mr Miguna was deported after playing a prominent role in the "swearing-in" of Mr Odinga as "the people's president" in Uhuru Park, Nairobi, on 30 January.

He was arrested in a dawn raid on his home on 2 February, after he goaded police officers to come and arrest him, and deported on 7 February.

The government has not commented on the state of Mr Miguna's passport.

Kenya opposition strategist's passport suspended

A Kenyan economist - who attended the mock swearing in of opposition politician Raila Odinga last week - has had his passport suspended.

David Ndii shared a picture of the letter he received informing him of the government's decision on Twitter:

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A government official confirmed its authenticity to news agency Reuters.

Mr Ndii is the latest of the group at the heart of last week's "inauguration" to find themselves in trouble with the authorities.

As Africa Live reported earlier, Miguna Miguna - who took Mr Odinga's "oath" at the ceremony - has been held on treason-related charges.

However, Mr Odinga has not yet faced any consequences himself.