Tuesday, February 12, 2008
KENYANS CONSIDER GRAND COALITION!
Kenyans consider grand coalition
Negotiators have been subjected to the full glare of the media
Former UN chief Kofi Annan has briefed Kenyan MPs about the progress of talks aimed at defusing the election crisis before they move to a secret location.
He did not give any details but a BBC correspondent says he seems to be moving towards the idea of a grand coalition with new polls next year.
Mr Annan has ruled out a recount and says Kenya is too unstable for new elections for at least a year.
At least 1,000 people have died after the opposition said polls were rigged.
More than 600,000 people have been forced to flee their homes amid clashes between rival ethnic groups, seen as pro-opposition or pro-government.
As they enter a third week, the talks between government and opposition teams are being moved away from the capital, Nairobi, for three days to avoid the glare of publicity.
The current crisis is a big challenge but it provides an opportunity for Kenyan leaders to steer the country to a new level of stability
Around Kenya: After the violence
Mr Annan said he had asked both sides not to discuss the contents of the talks with anyone else, calling for a complete news blackout.
He says that at the appropriate time, he will release the outcome of discussions to the media.
Mr Annan has hinted that the deal will include comprehensive constitutional, judicial and electoral reforms.
Both the opposition Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) and President Mwai Kibaki's Party of National Unity (PNU) have tabled proposals for a power-sharing agreement.
Mr Annan has however cautioned against speculation over the proposals being discussed and hinted that a deal may be reached in three days.
He described the teams at the negotiating table as level-headed and expressed confidence that they will deliver a negotiated settlement.
"The current crisis is a big challenge but it provides an opportunity for Kenyan leaders to steer the country to a new level of stability," Mr Annan told MPs at a special session in parliament.
He commended the government for lifting a ban on live media coverage and holding of political meetings.
The former UN chief reiterated that both ODM leader Raila Odinga and President Kibaki have been well briefed of the progress so far and are in total support of the process.
Mr Annan also called on the MPs to travel to their constituencies and preach peace and tolerance insisting that both teams have agreed to ensure that those behind the recent clashes are investigated and prosecuted.
Open letter to Miss Martha Karua and other dunderheads
I am very shocked that you would try to undermine Dr. Kofi Annan's effort to find a working solution to our crisis. Please note that unlike you and your GEMA chauvinist cohorts, Dr. Annan has urgent prioritized work he needs to attend to after accomplishing his mission in Kenya. He is not an idle fat pig like the usual Kenyan thieving politicians. He is a diplomat whose mandate is not only derived from voices of millions of real Kenyans in Kenya, but also from the goodwill of global leaders who want Kenya to be peaceful and prosperous the way it was.
Kenya will never be the same if fat pigs like yourself insist on clinging to power at any and all costs. Your actions amount to indirect incitement of the Kenyan public to take to the streets so that their voices can be heard one more time. The Kenyan masses have the biggest weapon available: their numerical strength can not be squashed even by the barrel of a gun.. Kenyans are determined more than ever before to ensure that tribal chauvinists like yourself do not abuse and rape our economy anymore. You will fail, you will fail and Kenyans will never forget about your ilks.
I hear that you have children in the USA, true or false? Does the US ambassador Kenya know that they are here????
Dr. Fred Masinde