News 2008


Annan's Proposal Not Debated - PNU

The Nation (Nairobi)

13 February 2008

Lucas Barasa


Party of National Unity Tuesday said the formation of a transitional government and holding presidential election in two years as allegedly proposed by former UN secretary general Kofi Annan had not been discussed or agreed on.

Seventy five members of Government parliamentary group said the issues had neither been discussed nor agreed on by negotiating teams. In a statement signed by the Vice-President Kalonzo Musyoka and read to journalists by Garsen MP Danson Mungatana, they claimed Mr Annan made the proposal during a closed door meeting with MPs at Old Parliament chamber Tuesday.

Inaccurate statement

"We note with concern that in his response to questions and comments raised by members, the Chair of the Panel, Kofi Annan, touched on issues that have neither been discussed nor agreed," the statement said.

Separately, Justice and Constitutional Affairs minister Martha Karua also wrote to Mr Annan to protest against his remarks. Ms Karua said her team was alarmed at some "serious inaccurate statements made by your Excellency at the briefing of parliamentarians today." The letter, which was copied to other members of Mr Annan's team, Mrs Graca Machel and Mr Benjamin Mkapa and ODM Pentagon member Musalia Mudavadi, said the inaccuracies had caused the Government side distress and great embarrassment.


Ms Karua, who is leading the Government side at the talks, said Mr Annan was expected to be impartial "and to take every care not to misrepresent or compromise the position of either party."

"We demand that the issue be revisited as the first item when we next meet," the minister said. Mr Mudavadi is leading the ODM team at Annan talks known as Kenya National Dialogue and Reconciliation. Other ODM members are Eldoret North MP William Ruto, Ugenya's James Orengo and Aldai's Sally Kosgei.

Ms Karua, Mr Moses Wetangula, Mr Mutula Kilonzo and Prof Sam Ongeri left the MPs meeting with Mr Annan before it ended and were said to have joined President Kibaki at Harambee House before Mr Mungatana's group hurriedly addressed a Press conference. Also present at conference at County Hall were Cabinet ministers Kiraitu Murungi, Amos Kimunya, Naomi Shaban, Uhuru Kenyatta, Yusuf Haji, Chirau Mwakwere and Asman Kamama. But New Ford-Kenya which is a PNU affiliate party, through Malava MP Soita Shitanda, said it did not support Mr Mungatana's group position.

Mr Shitanda said if PNU had a problem, it should channel the complaints through its representatives at the talks.