News 2008


Unite the Country, Graca Tells MPs

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 history.

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.