PNU MPs protest at mediation
February 13, 2008
By David Ohito and Ayub Savula
PNU and Government MPs were ambushed by mediation proposals for a
transitional Government and fresh presidential elections, they
The MPs emerged from a Parliamentary Group meeting shortly after
they were addressed by former UN Secretary-General, Dr Kofi Annan,
and accused his team of making public agreements that had not been
Addressing the media shortly after a ‘Kamukunji’, (an informal
session of the House), the MPs denied that proposals for a
transitional government and a repeat presidential election had
been agreed on or discussed.
Garsen MP, Mr Danson Mungatana, said: "The Government has not
given its mediation team authority to discuss issues of a
transitional Government. Our supporters are concerned and are
calling us to clear the air."
Mungatana said he was speaking on behalf of 75 MPs. He was with
the Government Chief Whip and Juja MP, Mr George Thuo, and the
Deputy Government Whip, Mr Johnstone Muthama, at the media
"We note with concern that, in response to questions and comments,
Annan touched on issues that have never been discussed," Mungatana
Under the Constitution, the President has powers to incorporate
members of the Opposition into Government.
"The issue of a transitional Government or presidential election
within two years has never been discussed and no agreements have
been reached," Mungatana said.
"We plead with the media to report accurately. No agreement has
been reached. We ask you to withdraw the misleading headlines and
make corrections about the Government stand," he added.
Our position is as follows: "We support the establishment of an
independent commission or committee to investigate and establish
the truth behind the 2007 disputed elections," he said.
He added: "We support the establishment of a Truth, Justice and
Reconciliation Committee and support the identification and
prosecution of perpetrators of violence."
"As talks go on, we support the rehabilitation and resettlement of
displaced people on their land."
The Garsen MP said the Government side was for comprehensive
legal, constitutional and institutional reforms, not to appease
the political class but Kenyans.
"The key issues include, but are not limited to the Executive,
Legislature, Judiciary, devolution and land," Mungatana said.
But New Ford-Kenya asked PNU to respect Annan in the mediation
talks to end the political crisis.