News 2008


Media urged to keep a sharp eye on new deal

Daily Nation


01. March 2008

Journalists should monitor the historic agreement signed by President Kibaki and ODM leader Raila Odinga to ensure it is fulfilled to the letter.

Speaking at a media luncheon in Nairobi, Mr Martin Griffiths, the political advisor to chief mediator Kofi Annan, said it was the prerogative of the Press to monitor and ensure that the new deal is implemented and succeeds.

“Journalists should ensure that the voice of the people (following the agreement) is heard through their stories...

“As we all know, politics should not be left to politicians alone and in this particular case, Kenyans need courage and leadership to ensure this effort is not undermined by self-seeking individuals,” Mr Griffiths said.

Under the deal brokered by Mr Annan and Tanzanian President Jakaya Kikwete, President Kibaki and Mr Odinga agreed to form a coalition government which will radically alter the way Kenya will be governed.

The agreement, which came after two days of intense diplomatic activity, states that the post of Prime Minister will be created to co-ordinate and supervise the affairs of Government.

Mr Griffiths praised local journalists for filing “accurate and factual” stories on the mediation talks.

“The biggest hurdle remaining is in resettling the hundreds of people displaced by the post-election violence,” he said.