News 2008


Annan - A Deal is Close

The Nation (Nairobi)

15 February 2008

Churchill Otieno

The only thing standing in the way of a political deal out of Kenya's crisis is what shape a new "broad based" Government should take, an agreement made public by Kofi Annan today shows.

The Government and the Orange Democratic Movement are "close" to a deal, chief mediator Kofi Annan has said while reassuring of his commitment to the talks.

Mr Annan said while he had not expected to stay so long in Kenya, he will stay to the end until a "new broadbased Government" is in place.

He said the rival parties had so far agreed on the need for a political settlement on the crisis, an independent review of the presidential election to start by March 15, a wide range of reforms on the
Constitution and in the judiciary, police, Electoral Commission, Parliament.

The former UN chief also announced he had requested for a meeting with President Kibaki and ODM's Raila Odinga on Monday so that he can ask them to give their negotiators a clear direction.

Reforms in the Electoral Commission will be informed by the outcome of the independent review of the presidential poll, which is to be conducted by a team including Kenyans and non-Kenyans.

"We agreed there was no way of determining the outcome of the 2007 presidential election, but the facts have to come out," Mr Annan said on the need for the independent review of the election.

The poll probe team once established, will have between three and six months to conclude their work, after which their report should be published within 14 days.

Mr Annan said that while agreeing on the need for a broad based Government, the rival parties had requested for time to consult with their principals on the structure of such a government. The talks will
resume in Nairobi on Tuesday.