Seek Political Solution,
The East African Standard (Nairobi)
12 February 2008
The current crisis facing the country can only be addressed
through a political solution.
Mrs Graca Machel, a member of the Kenya National Dialogue For
Reconciliation Committee has said.
Speaking at the Parliament's Old Chambers, on Tuesday, Machel
called on all parties to work towards attaining political solution
to the crisis.
'Parliament must lead the peace process by passing reforms that
will lay the foundation for lasting peace in the country,' said
the former Soth African First Lady adding that the House has an
historical mission to re-define the common ground 'where Kenyans
must co-exist regardless of their ethnic identity'.
Parliament will also be required to support all the conclusions
arrived at so as to renew the sense of citizenship among all
The crisis, which erupted immediately President Kibaki was
declared the winner of last month's General Election, provides an
opportunity to heal, reconcile and do justice to all.
The results of December 27 polls have been disputed with ODM
saying it won the contest only for PNU to steal their victory.
On the other, PNU insists its candidate President Mwai Kibaki won
the poll fairly. On several occasions, the government has been
urging ODM leader Raila Odinga to challenge the presidential
election results in a court of law as stipulated in the
Over 1000 people have been killed, and another 300,000 displaced
since the post-election violence erupted on December 30 following
the swearing in of Kibaki.
Children, women and the elderly have borne the brunt of the
Machel urged leaders not to spare any efforts in their bid to end
suffering and political stalemate engulfing the country.
The informal session, which brought together all the legislators,
was convened by the Speaker of the National, Mr Keneth Marende to
allow the Kofi Annan-led team to brief the MPs on its progress.
Also sitting on the panel is former Tanzanian President Mr