Museveni, Annan Discuss Kenya
New Vision (Kampala)
4 March 2008
Joyce Namutebi and Cyprian Musoke
FORMER UN secretary general Kofi Annan has held a meeting with
President Yoweri Museveni to brief him about the power-sharing
deal in Kenya.
Annan told the President that under the agreement between
President Mwai Kibaki and opposition leader Raila Odinga, the
electoral commission would be reformed.
A committee will also be instated to look into the disputed
December 27, 2007 elections that led to violent protests in which
over 1,500 were killed and thousands displaced.
The country's constitution will also be reviewed.
According to statement issued yesterday by the presidential press
unit, Annan disclosed that a truth and reconciliation commission
would be formed.
"He (Annan) called on the international community to intervene and
support the process in Kenya. He saluted the President for his
contribution towards the resolution of the conflict," the
Museveni commended Annan for his mediation role in the resolution
of the conflict.
In a related development, Parliament yesterday hailed Kibaki and
Odinga for agreeing to form a coalition government.
Under the deal, a new prime minister position will be created for
Odinga. The deal will also give cabinet posts based on each
party's strength in Parliament and create two deputy premier's
Prime Minister Apolo Nsibambi pledged that Uganda and other
members East African countries would help in the implementation of
the deal. Quoting from the Bible he said, "Blessed are the peace
makers for they shall be called daughters and sons of God."
Betty Amongi (independent) also applauded Annan and his team: "We
should be proud as Africa that one of us has successfully
negotiated the agreement."
Kassiano Wadri (Terego) urged Uganda to learn from Kenya. He hoped
that President Museveni and FDC leader Kizza Besigye would one day
share a cup of tea.
But security minister Amama Mbabazi noted that in July last year,
Museveni invited the 2006 presidential candidates for talks but
Besigye declined to attend, saying it would just be a tea party.