ODM barred from addressing
the AU meeting
Published on January 31, 2008, 12:00 am
By Kennedy Abwao and Brian Adero
African Union (AU) Commission chairman, Mr Alpha Konare, said the
Opposition would not be allowed to address the Summit on the
ongoing violence in Kenya.
ODM Secretary-General, Prof Anyang’ Nyong’o, said on Monday that
party leader, Mr Raila Odinga, would have liked to be given an
opportunity to address the gathering of African leaders to
solidify the AU mediation.
"We should be allowed to address the Summit if Kibaki is allowed
to attend. But we are not going to hassle. If Raila attends, it
should be in a dignified manner," Nyong’o told journalists in
Foreign Affairs minister, Mr Moses Wetangula, met with Konare on
Monday to discuss the post-election violence in the country.
Asked to elaborate on the details of his meeting with Konare,
Wetangula said: "The AU Commission President has re-affirmed that
Kenya will send only one legitimate delegate. The Opposition will
not be represented here. They attempted to attend, but were turned
Wetangula on Tuesday addressed a special seating of the AU Foreign
Ministers committee at which he admitted "both sides" (PNU and ODM)
had been involved in the ongoing political violence.
"It takes two to tango. The violence is by both sides," he said.
Sources at the meeting said his report was not immediately
discussed because the update was slotted in before the ongoing
discussions on the AU’s financial accounts were complete.