Karua: No amnesty for those who
March 10, 2008
Cabinet minister, Ms Martha Karua, has ruled out giving amnesty to
perpetrators of post-election violence. At the same time, the
minister said the newfound political agreement did not take away
President Kibakiís power to chair the Cabinet.
Speaking in Nyeri town on Sunday, Karua said under the new
agreement, the PM was expected to work under the President, who is
the Head of State. "There is nowhere that it is written the
President may not chair the Cabinet. He still enjoys Executive
powers," Karua said.
The minister also said under the new agreement that was yet to be
debated in Parliament, ODM-Kenya leader, Mr Kalonzo Musyoka, would
retain the Vice-Presidency. She said the Grand Coalition would
accommodate people from other small parties that had been working
with PNU and the Government.
She said it was unfortunate that ODM had started identifying
ministries it wanted even before the matter was discussed.
Karua said the work on how the Cabinet portfolios would be shared
should be left to the two principals Ė Kibaki and ODM leader, Mr
Raila Odinga. "Iím perturbed by the articles appearing in sections
of the media indicating that ODM has already outlined the
ministries they want to fill," she said.
On appointment of public servants, the minister said it was naive
for some leaders to politicise hiring in Government departments.
She said it was the work of the Public Service Commission (PSC) to
hire civil servants on merit. "We should not start talking about
the appointments of PCs, DCs and other civil servants who are duly
appointed by the PSC to carry out their mandate," she said.
On violence that rocked the country after the elections, Karua
said although a political agreement had been reached between
Kibaki and Raila, the Government would pursue those behind the
clashes. In an apparent reference to Railaís plea to have ODM
supporters held in custody freed, the minister said all suspects
would face the law as required.
"There is nothing like forgiving people who took away hundreds of
innocent lives and destroyed property," Karua said at a public
The minister, who was accompanied by MPs Mr Kabando wa Kabando and
Ms Esther Murugi, said giving amnesty to perpetrators of violence
would set a bad precedent. She said those who engaged in criminal
activities should be ready to pay for their deeds through the
process of justice.
Speaking in Western Province on Saturday, Raila said ODM
supporters who were arrested during post-election violence should