First Kenya meeting since deal
Tuesday, 4 March 2008
Kenyan President Mwai Kibaki and Prime Minister designate Raila
Odinga are holding their first meeting since they signed a deal to
Mr Odinga has hinted that MPs from the two parties will have a
joint meeting before parliament convenes on Thursday.
Meanwhile, a special police unit is cracking down on raiders who
killed 12 villagers and torched houses in west Kenya at the
The dispute over land in Mt Elgon area has lasted for a year.
Local Administrator, Francis Mutie said the newly set up unit is
tracking members of the Sabaot Land Defence Forces (SLDF)
responsible for the attack in Mt Elgon on Sunday.
"The government is determined to end the menace once and for all
and we urge the residents to volunteer information that will aid
this operation," Mr Mutie said.
The BBC's Wanyama Chebusiri in Mt Elgon says tension is high and
residents have fled Embakasi village which was attacked on Sunday.
Our correspondent says the residents blame the security forces for
failing to act whenever information of impending attacks is
Land disputes are one of the issues being tackled in talks between
the government and the opposition which resumed on Monday under
the supervision of former Nigerian Foreign Minister Oluyemi
Adeniji as the new chief mediator.
Parliament convenes on Thursday to tackle the first business which
will be to enact the power sharing deal into law.
Under the deal, President Kibaki's Party of National Unity (PNU)
and Mr Odinga's Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) will share
cabinet positions according to their party strengths in parliament.
Legal teams from both sides, together with the Attorney General
Amos Wako are currently drafting the Bill that will entrench the
power sharing agreement into the constitution.