Saturday, December 20, 2008

Stick to Waki Guidance

Annan: Stick to Waki guidance
Updated 21 hr(s) 13 min(s) ago
By Peter Opiyo
Former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan has urged President Kibaki and Prime Minister Raila Odinga to ensure that the Bill that would create a Special Tribunal to probe and prosecute instigators of post-election violence adheres to the Waki recommendations.
In a dispatch through his spokesman Nasser Ega-Musa, Annan thanked Kibaki and Raila for signing an agreement to implement the Waki recommendations but challenged them to ensure all the provisions are adhered to.
"I trust that the Bill will reflect the spirit of Commission of Inquiry into Post-Election Violence (Cipev) proposals and incorporate all its key provisions. I urge Kenya’s leaders to redouble their efforts to implement the recommendations and to respect the suggested timeline for action," said Annan.
Kibaki and Raila beat the Waki deadline by signing the agreement last Wednesday. The Government now has to draft the Statute for Special Tribunal Bill that would establish the tribunal.
Annan, who helped broker a power sharing deal between PNU and ODM, said the implementation of Cipev should be observed to help end the culture of impunity.
"The implementation of Cipev’s proposals will go a long way towards spearheading the much-needed institutional reforms in the country," said Annan.
He also praised Parliament for passing the Constitution of Kenya (Ammendment) Bill, 2008, saying it sets the stage for crucial electoral reforms.
He expressed optimism Kibaki and Raila would prepare and submit to Parliament a draft Bill for the establishment of the special tribunal.

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