Unite the Country, Graca Tells
The Nation (Nairobi)
13 February 2008
A member of the mediation team Tuesday pleaded with MPs to unite
the country and bring hatred and bleeding to an end. Mrs Graca
Machel reminded the over 200 MPs that they were the right people
to spearhead peace initiatives for the sake of the country.
The former South African First Lady, whose colleagues are former
United Nations secretary-general Kofi Annan and former Tanzanian
president Benjamin Mkapa, said they were in the country to help
leaders resolve the worst political crisis in the country's
Bury the past
"We have not come to this formerly glorious country with a
solution, but have come to work with you to get a solution. "The
more we listen the better we understand how divided this nation is,"
Mrs Machel said. She asked leaders to put the interest of the
country first and above all others. Mrs Machel, who was flanked by
the former UN boss, told Speaker Kenneth Marende that Parliament
would be required to define a new sense of citizenship in Kenya
following the crisis. "Parliament should help Kenyans bury the
past and unite them.
"It must help to heal the suffering and wounds of yesterday today
for a brighter and better tomorrow," Mrs Machel said.