Monday, February 25, 2008
Annan Mediation Now Hits Brick Wall
The much anticipated success of the Annan peace mission run into a cropper this afternoon when mediation teams emerged from the talks and declared that they were unable to reach a compromise and were now handing over the crux of the matter to their bosses (Kibaki and Raila) to decide for themselves how they wish to share power.
This is to be done through the Chief mediator Koffi Annan, before Wednesday this week when ODM ultimatum for mass action expires.
Following an unexpected statement by the PNU yesterday (Sunday), ODM were early today accusing their rivals of changing their minds about power-sharing.
Annan was said to have confirmed the stalemate but it is unknown if this also means that the so-called Serena talks have been officially wound-up.
A power-sharing deal has been imminent for the last two weeks but it appears the antagonist cannot reach an agreement on the extent of powers of the proposed office of the Prime Minister. ODM has announced it will accept nothing short of an executive prime minister and that whatever deal is agreed upon, it must be entrenched into the constitution.
This blogger will monitor the reactions of Raila and Kibaki regarding the latest development and post updates.