Coalition must be within the law, says
Published on February 20, 2008, 12:00 am
By Cyrus Kinyungu and Karanja Njoroge
A political solution to the political crisis must be constitutional, President Kibaki has said.
A statement from the PPS said on Tuesday that the President was willing to share power with ODM, but the arrangement had to be within the Constitution.
Kibaki said the Constitution must guide the mediation teams as they discussed legal and institutional reforms.
“The Government is, however, fully supportive of a comprehensive review of the Constitution within 12 months as a correct platform to systematically address the challenges that face the country,” the President said.
Noting the negotiations had reached a critical stage, the President assured Kenyans he would follow through the remaining stages.
The President held a one-hour meeting with former UN Secretary-General, Dr Kofi Annan, who is chairing mediation talks, at Harambee House, Nairobi.
The meeting came a day after Annan met ODM leader, Mr Raila Odinga. He met the two leaders to brief them on the progress of the talks. He persuaded each to soften his stand for the sake of peace.
Annan, who was not accompanied by the other members of his panel, entered the President’s office some minutes before 2pm and left at 3pm.
He, however, did not brief the media on what he had discussed with the President.
Meanwhile, leaders in the Central Rift region have called for quick solution to the political crisis.
They said the country should move ahead with the development agenda.
Religious and political leaders in Nakuru, Subukia, and Molo districts said recommendations of an inclusive Government would save the country from civil strife.
Two PNU MPs, Mr Lee Kinyanjui (Nakuru Town) and Mr Joseph Kiuna (Molo), told Kenyans to be wary of some Western countries.
“Now, they see an opportunity to punish the Government after some of their companies were excluded from State contracts,” Kiuna said.
Former Subukia MP, Mr Koigi wa Wamwere, welcomed the proposal for an inclusive Government. “The grand coalition should oversee reforms that would help the country,” he said.