Resolve historical injustices, says AU
Published on March 18, 2008, 12:00 am
By Amos Kareithi
The African Union wants President Kibaki and Prime minister-designate, Mr Raila Odinga, to tackle poverty, corruption and land issues.
In a joint communiquÈ in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, after a special session during which the continental body was briefed about Kenya, it was further resolved that unemployment be addressed.
During the meeting, which was attended by members of the peace and security committee chaired by Egypt, Prof Oluyemi Adeniji briefed members.
Adeniji took over the mantle of the Kenya National Dialogue and Reconciliation team from former UN Secretary General, Dr Kofi Annan.
Five representatives of civil society had been camping in Ethiopia to lobby delegates to ensure that historical injustices such as inequitable distribution of resources, are discussed.
The meeting called on Kenyan parties to continue in the spirit of cooperation and dialogue, to reach a common understanding on agreements reached in the mediated talks and to ensure their implementation.
The council called on the parties to ensure an end to violence, as well as the implementation of agreements on long-term issues, including the consolidation of national cohesion and unity, land reform, poverty and inequity, and regional imbalances.
The AU Council further resolved that promoting equal access to opportunities, tackling unemployment, reforming the public service, strengthening anti-corruption laws and public accountability were key to revitalising the country.
It was also resolved that public finance and revenue management systems and institutions be reformed and accountability and transparency strengthened.
At the same time, the council urged the international community, including AU member states, to help Kenya resettle displaced people.
The commission called for rebuilding of infrastructure and property damaged and destroyed during the post-election violence.
The council also requested the Panel of Eminent African Personalities to continue supporting the Kenyan parties in the implementation of the peace pact, including support to the various committees and commissions.
The council asked the panel to provide all the necessary support to the coalition government and other stakeholders involved in the constitutional review process.