Go home, Wetangula tells Annan talks team
Published on May 22, 2008, 12:00 am
By Abiya Ochola and Beauttah Omanga
A Cabinet minister has said members of the Eminent African Personalities team should leave since they had finished their work.
Foreign Affairs Minister, Moses Wetangula, said Prof Oluyemi Adeniji and members of the Eminent African Personalities team had finished their brief and should leave.
He said the team should let Kenyans handle the remaining portion of the brokered deal.
The minister’s remarks left the fate of the National Dialogue and Reconciliation Committee talks at Serena Hotel on Wednesday in the balance.
Separately, Nairobi Metropolitan Development Authority Minister Mutula Kilonzo said discussions on Agenda Four would go on at Parliament Buildings. He denied, however, that the talks had gone off-track.
“Since all the negotiators are in the Cabinet, we have opted to be meeting at Parliament after question time. Do not wait for us at Serena,” Mutula said.
Mutula spoke when ODM-Kenya met members of the Independent Review Commission led by Justice Johann Kreigler at Vice-President Kalonzo Musyoka’s Jogoo House office.
He said the members had agreed to take that approach after it emerged that several items under Agenda Four were dependent upon the enactment of a new constitution.
“We tasked the Constitutional Affairs minister, Ms Martha Karua, to come up with a draft roadmap on constitutional review. She did not table it last week as was expected. Until we have put on the ground processes to kick-start the review process, we will take this approach,” he said.
But Wetangula was more blunt: “I honestly feel that whatever is remaining should be left to Kenyans.”
Addressing a press conference in his office on Wednesday, the minister said the most crucial points had been dealt with.
“The crucial part was bringing the two sides together and ensuring that a coalition Government was in place. Now that we have the Government in place and other key components on the way, I think, Adeniji and his team should leave,” said the minister.
“The talks are still on going. We are still talking away from Serena, but we will be returning there,” he said.
Efforts to get Adeniji’s comment bore no fruit.