News 2008


Speed up talks, Kalembe tells Annan team

February 4, 2008


By Elizabeth Awuor and Patrick Muriungi

Former Kibwezi MP, Mr Kalembe Ndile, wants former UN Secretary-General, Mr Kofi Annan, to speed up the mediation talks.

Ndile said Annan should give a verdict that would restore peace instead of spending more time listening to MPs from both parties. He said they were not the right people to decide on the country’s destiny because they had all failed to control their constituents.

Kalembe was addressing journalists in Mombasa, on Sunday.

He advised Kenyans to demand that the Kibaki Government delivers the promises made during the campaigns.

Kalembe condemned the killing of two ODM MPs and a priest last week and urged the Government to provide security to all Kenyans.

He said MPs fuelled tribal clashes, saying most of them, including those in Government, often spoke to their supporters on ethnic basis.

He cited Vice-President, Mr Kalonzo Musyoka, whom he alleged contributed to his loss of the Kibwezi seat by telling the electorate that Kalembe supported ‘another’ community.

"Kalonzo should stop pretending that he is not a tribalist," said Kalembe.

Meanwhile, Cabinet minister, Mr Kiraitu Murungi, welcomed efforts by various, organisations and politicians to restore peace.

The Energy minister praised President Kibaki and ODM leader, Mr Raila Odinga, for meeting and publicly denouncing the violence and urging Kenyans to co-exist.

"It is regrettable that our country found itself in this unfortunate situation after an otherwise orderly and peaceful General Election. Every Kenyan should not take a cue from peace calls made by Kibaki and Raila to maintain peace," said Kiraitu.

He acknowledged the contributions made by foreign mediators and diplomats led by Annan to help restore peace.

The minister, who was speaking in Meru on Sunday, said Kenya had achieved much in development since independence due to political, social and economic stability, noting that the violence had the potential to destroy all the gains.

The South Imenti MP asked Kenyans to forget their political, ethnic and regional affiliations and co-exist peacefully.