Kenya panel to probe disputed
12 February 2008
NAIROBI - Kenya’s feuding parties have agreed to set up an
independent panel to investigate the December presidential
election and its disputed outcome, which unleashed widespread
violence, chief mediator Kofi Annan announced on Tuesday.
“We agreed that it was important not to sweep matters under the
carpet,” Annan told parliament. “We need to understand and know
what happened during the 2007 presidential election.”
“We have therefore agreed that it will be in the interest of
everyone and the nation to establish an independent review
committee that will be mandated to investigate all aspects of the
2007 presidential election,” he said.
More than 1,000 people have died in the violence triggered by
President Mwai Kibaki’s re-election in the December 27 vote, which
the opposition says was rigged.
Annan did not provide details of the committee, but local press
reports said its members would include foreign and Kenyan
officials whose findings would be released later this year.
Opposition leader Raila Odinga accuses Kibaki of stealing the
election, while international observers have cited serious flaws