Good work on talks, but task unfinished
Published on February 29, 2008, 12:00 am
The signing on Thursday of a historic governance agreement to resolve the crisis sparked off by last year’s disputed presidential election marks the beginning of a hopeful but challenging period for Kenya.
Coming at a time armed militia were reported to be preparing for renewed violence should the talks collapse, it will be remembered as the moment the nation stepped back from the brink of a precipice.
It is also reminder that consensus is possible on the most difficult of issues.
Hopefully, we shall never have to go through the harrowing experiences of the last two months before turning to dialogue and reason.
Implementing the agreement and resolving some of the other challenges still facing the country will not be easy. Neither will healing the wounds caused by the divisive campaign, the election and its aftermath.
It is our most fervent hope, notwithstanding the hardline rhetoric of the negotiation period, that President Kibaki, Mr Raila Odinga and their political allies are all committed not just to the letter of the agreement but also to its spirit. It will simply not do to have covert or overt attempts to subvert the agreement by seeking ways to claw back concessions or press for advantages.
We strongly urge Members of Parliament to rally behind the deal for the benefit of the people. The international community and the people of Kenya should also throw their weight behind the agreement and help this country’s political leadership succeed in leading us back to normalcy. As Dr Kofi Annan said on Thursday, let healing begin.