Media urged to keep a sharp eye
on new deal
Story by MIKE MWANIKI
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
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.