Ken-Ya Have Peace In Kenya?

President Kibaki and his biter rival Raila Odinga finally met face-to-face for the first time since their nation was torn apart by anger arising from the blatant stealing of election by the president. What looked unthinkable just last week dramatically changed when both men smiled for the press and shook hands. Former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan, brought them together and both emerged prepared to express sentiments of reconciliation. Raila told reporters, “I said in the past that I am always ready to walk the extra mile for the sake of this nation. My party and I are prepaed to take thi long journey.” He asked Kenyans to be patient and stated inKiswahili: Wananchi tumefika hapa kew sababu ya sida kuwas inayokumba nchi yetu–“We have come here today because of the grave problems bedeviling our country.”

Kibaki once again argued during the conciliation talks he was the duly elected president even though a British newspaper, The Independent, this week printed a devastating investigation which proved he had doctored electoral results. The central issue in restoring peace is whether Kibaki is prepared to either organize, for the short term, a coalition government or whether he is ready for new election.