News 2008


Annan Teams Off to Secret Location

The East African Standard (Nairobi)

13 February 2008

Ayub Savula, David Ohito And Brian Adero


Former UN chief, Dr Kofi Annan, and his mediation teams are at an undisclosed location to hammer out the final deal between PNU and ODM.

The teams will remain sequestered in a luxurious hideout believed to be in one of the game reserves.

It is understood that members of the teams were requested not to use their mobile phones for the duration of the retreat.

On Monday, Annan announced he would move the talks to a secret location and called on the teams to keep away from the media.

He said the talks had reached a crucial stage and hoped a final deal would be reached between 48 and 72 hours.

On Tuesday, Annan and the teams attended a Speaker's Kamukunji at Old Parliament chambers and left from Wilson Airport at about 4pm in two Kenya Air Force aircraft.

Annan and the ODM team were kept waiting at the airport for about one hour by the PNU team, which had joined fellow MPs in a meeting after the Speaker's session.

The ODM team also held a short session with party leader, Mr Raila Odinga, before leaving for the airport.

Annan flew in one aircraft with former South African First Lady, Mrs Graca Machel. Former Tanzanian President, Mr Benjamin Mkapa, who had returned home last Saturday, would join the two later.

The mediation teams have been negotiating at the Nairobi Serena Hotel for the past two weeks.

Rongo MP, Mr Dalmas Otieno, and political scientist, Prof Peter Wanyande, for the ODM side, later joined the teams.