After rebuffing the mediation mission of OAU Chairman and Ghanaian President, John Kufuor, the so called PNU government now seem hell bent on ensuring that the efforts of his nominated peace-broker Koffi Annan does not see the light of day.
Yesterday as the thriller was going on in parliament, breaking news flashed on TV screens to announce that Koffi Annan has postponed his trip to Kenya after "suffering a serious bout of flu." Other rumours contend that Mr. Annan fainted as he was boarding an aircraft to bring him to Kenya at Kotoka International Airport in Accra and had to be rushed to hospital. None of these two incidents have been reported in mainstream Ghanaian press or elsewhere.
Surprisingly, nothing has been said of the status of his two other eminent persons, Mrs. Graca Machel-Mandela and former Tanzanian President Benjamin Mkapa who were to accompany Annan to the mediation talks.
Mr Annan's sudden illness came only a day after John Michuki, while handing over the internal security docket to incoming minister George Saitoti, arrogantly questioned Annan's visit to Kenya terming it unnecessary.
Ever since Mr. Kivuiti tragically plunged this country into unprecedented chaos by declaring Kibaki president and later adding fuel by confessing that he, as ECK Chairman, did not know who won the presidency, it has become clear that the PNU government is not keen on mediation or negotiations with ODM and it does not value the lives of Kenyan citizens. While everyone else is concerned about violence, needless deaths and flawed elections, PNU seem to be saying - everything is alright. What nonsense I say!
It is also clearly emerging that the PNU is deluding itself that it is a democratically government that is fully in charge of the country and that the ODM should be the official opposition party. The PNU government largely undermined the Kufuor mission from the outset, with prematurely appointed government ministers repeatedly saying no mediation was needed since there was no problem in the country. All the while - live media broadcasting is "banned" and political rallies "outlawed" - Kenyans are not only needlessly dying. Kenyans are undergoing untold suffering in their hundreds of thousands. In addition to this, several former African heads of state have been given a cold-shoulder by the PNU government and nobody knows quite what happened to the efforts of Nobel laureate Desmond Tutu. The concerns of international community have been openly rebuffed leading to threats of imposing economic sanctions by all major donors. Is there any guilt or self-respect in government? Dont these Kenyan lives have any value?
On the other hand, ODM has been seen to be committed to all mediation processes and had even dropped all pre-conditions, including suspension of mass action rallies, in order to facilitate the negotiation with PNU in a peaceful atmosphere. According to ODM, "it is patently obvious that we do not have a partner to negotiate with."
Where does this leave helpless civilians?