Annan talks now taken to court
Published on February 23, 2008, 12:00 am
By Judy Ogutu
The mediation process led by former UN chief, Dr Koffi Annan has been challenged in court.
A Lang’ata parliamentary loser in last year’s General Election has gone to court seeking temporary orders to restrain the Annan team from adopting any resolution arising from the talks.
Mr Anthony Kirori accuses the team of extra-legal and unconstitutional boardroom exercise.
He alleges that the team does not have the mandate to discuss and determine an electoral dispute between ODM leader, Mr Raila Odinga and President Kibaki of PNU.
He has sued ODM’s Raila, Mr Musalia Mudavadi, Mr William Ruto, Dr Sally Kosgei, Mr James Orengo and Mr Caroli Omondi. Others are Justice minister Ms Martha Karua, Mr Mutula Kilonzo, Foreign Affairs minister, Mr Moses Wetangula, Education minister, Prof Sam Ongeri, Mr Gichira Kibaara, the Police Commissioner, Maj-General Hussein Ali and Attorney General Amos Wako.
In a suit filed under a certificate of urgency, Kirori argues that only the High Court can adjudicate on the disputed poll.
Kirori says the “political settlement” is being hurried and the High Court should intervene.
His lawyer, Mr Harrison Kinyanjui says such a settlement purports to alter the structure of governance as enshrined in the Constitution.