Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Kenya's Traitor-in-chief on a recognition-begging visit to Uganda

KAMPALA - President Yoweri Museveni yesterday held a meeting with Kenyan "vice-president" Kalonzo Musyoka at State House Entebbe, during which they discussed the progress of the talks between Kenya’s government and the opposition. “He came in on Sunday to meet President Museveni. They have met today (Monday) at Entebbe State House for a briefing on what is happening in Kenya and how far the peace talks have gone,” said state minister for foreign affairs Isaac Musumba.

The Media Centre director, Fred Opolot, explained that Musyoka was sent by President Mwai Kibaki to deliver a message. The meeting was in the context of consultations among the East African Community member states on the political situation in Kenya, he added. Museveni, the chairman of the East African Community, travelled to Kenya last month in a bid to mediate between Kibaki and his rival, Raila Odinga, who claims that victory in the December elections was stolen from him.

Museveni proposed a power-sharing deal between Kibaki and Odinga, a proposal which was later adopted during talks mediated by former UN boss Kofi Annan. Both sides also agreed on the creation of a prime minister – Odinga – and two deputies. Issues still being discussed are the sharing of cabinet positions on a 50/50 basis, the proposal to give the prime minister more powers, the holding of general elections if the coalition collapses and entrenching the political deal in the constitution.

Musyoka was in Kigali, Rwanda and Tanzania last Friday on “solution-finding visits”. Earlier, he visited the UK and the US to explain his government’s efforts to resolve the political crisis, that has left at least 1,000 people dead and 300,000 displaced.

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