Uganda: Museveni, Annan Discuss Kenya
New Vision (Kampala)
4 March 2008
Posted to the web 5 March 2008
Joyce Namutebi and Cyprian Musoke
FORMER UN secretary general Kofi Annan has held a meeting with President Yoweri Museveni to brief him about the power-sharing deal in Kenya.
Annan told the President that under the agreement between President Mwai Kibaki and opposition leader Raila Odinga, the electoral commission would be reformed.
A committee will also be instated to look into the disputed December 27, 2007 elections that led to violent protests in which over 1,500 were killed and thousands displaced.
The country’s constitution will also be reviewed.
According to statement issued yesterday by the presidential press unit, Annan disclosed that a truth and reconciliation commission would be formed.
“He (Annan) called on the international community to intervene and support the process in Kenya. He saluted the President for his contribution towards the resolution of the conflict,” the statement said.
Museveni commended Annan for his mediation role in the resolution of the conflict.
In a related development, Parliament yesterday hailed Kibaki and Odinga for agreeing to form a coalition government.
Under the deal, a new prime minister position will be created for Odinga. The deal will also give cabinet posts based on each party’s strength in Parliament and create two deputy premier’s posts.
Prime Minister Apolo Nsibambi pledged that Uganda and other members East African countries would help in the implementation of the deal. Quoting from the Bible he said, “Blessed are the peace makers for they shall be called daughters and sons of God.”
Betty Amongi (independent) also applauded Annan and his team: “We should be proud as Africa that one of us has successfully negotiated the agreement.”
Kassiano Wadri (Terego) urged Uganda to learn from Kenya. He hoped that President Museveni and FDC leader Kizza Besigye would one day share a cup of tea.
But security minister Amama Mbabazi noted that in July last year, Museveni invited the 2006 presidential candidates for talks but Besigye declined to attend, saying it would just be a tea party.