The United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres is said to have sent former Nigeria President Olusegun Obasanjo to try and quell political tensions in Kenya.
Sources within the diplomatic circles have told the Star that Guterres believe Obasanjo draws respect from both President Uhuru Kenyatta and opposition leader Raila Odinga.
Obasanjo’s mission, according to sources, is to prevail upon Raila not to go ahead with the swearing in that is planned for January 30.
With efforts by the US ambassador Robert Godec appearing not to make any headway, Guterres is said to have decided to take up the matter.
Obasanjo arrived in the country on Wednesday night to broker a deal between Uhuru and Raila.
On Thursday, Obasanjo met Raila and other NASA principals and attempted to persuade them to drop the presidential swearing-in ceremony planned for January 30. Obasanjo and Raila have been close friends for two decades.