Kenya: Govt Rejects Ramaphosa
The Nation (Nairobi)
4 February 2008
Posted to the web 4 February 2008
South Africa’s Cyril Ramaphosa has withdrawn from the Kenya mediation following his rejection by the Government side.
Mr Ramaphosa, who had been invited by Kofi Annan, announced his withdrawal from the talks shortly before 1pm today. He said he withdrew following reservations by the Government/ PNU adding that he could not join the process without the consent of both parties involved in the negotiations.
‘My experience in Northern Ireland and South Africa convinced me that a mediator can be effective only when he has full consent and support of all parties. Unfortunately that is not the case,’ he said.
Mr Annan expressed regret over Ramaphosa’s withdrawal saying that the South African was the most experienced and qualified for the job. He said the search for another mediator will continue and hoped it would not set back the ongoing dialogue.
Sources from the Party of National Unity (PNU) had earlier accused Mr Ramaphosa of being a key ally and business partner of opposition leader Mr Raila Odinga.
Mr Ramaphosa denied any links with the ODM leader. He also denied accusations that he had funded Odingá’s presidential campaign. Last week Odinga termed the allegations as ‘wild and unfounded.’