Tuesday, November 18, 2008

We will implement Waki & Kriegler reports, says Raila

Prime Minister Raila Odinga has assured the international community that both the Waki and Kriegler reports will be implemented.

Speaking when he met visiting Denmark Prime Minister Anders Fogh Rasmussen, Mr Odinga said there were no divisions in government over the implementation of the reports. “We are talking to get a solution. We are not fighting. People are only expressing the right to give their views,” Mr Odinga said at his Treasury Building office in Nairobi. “In the case of Waki (report), we are discussing whether to do it (try suspects) in Kenya or the matter goes to The Hague where we will have no say.” He said the debate was not whether to implement the reports which are as a result of National Accord that ended two months of post election violence or not. “It is which way to do it...which way to follow. We are sure we will find the way,” Mr Odinga said, adding that the media should help cool emotions raised by the Waki report and not raise political temperatures.

On Monday, European Union member countries threatened to cut aid to Kenya if the Waki and Kriegler reports were not implemented. Mr Rasmussen said there was need for progress in healing and reconciliation process in the country for development. The PM said his country has been closely following events in the country since post-election chaos and called for the full implementation of the Kriegler and Waki reports. Mr Rasmussen said the implementation of the reports will result in greater cooperation between Kenya, the EU and Denmark. Denmark is spearheading promotion of private business in Africa for job creation and development.

At the same time, Mr Odinga called for joint venture between Danish and Kenyan businessmen in agriculture, infrastructure development, shipping and trade. He said Denmark has injected more than US$ 40 billion in Kenya since the two countries started cooperating in 1963. “We would like to see this cooperation expanded.” Mr Odinga was accompanied deputy prime minister Musalia Mudavadi, ministers Charity Ngilu (Water), Fred Gumo (Regional Development), Beth Mugo (Public Health) and acting Finance Minister John Michuki.

The Danish PM is in the country for a three day visit.

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