Annan due in Kenya on Sunday

October 1, 2009 12:00 am

, NAIROBI, Kenya, Oct 1 – The chairman of the AU Panel of Eminent African Personalities Kofi Annan is scheduled to arrive in Kenya on Sunday to assess progress made in the reform agenda agreed following the deadly post election violence early last year.

During his four-day visit, the former UN Secretary-General will hold discussions with the two principals, President Mwai Kibaki and Prime Minister Raila Odinga, as well as the members of the Dialogue Team and other political leaders.

"The Chair of the AU Panel of Eminent African Personalities, former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan, is planning to visit Nairobi from 4-7 October 2009 to assess the status of implementation of the agreements reached during the Kenya National Dialogue and Reconciliation (KNDR) process, particularly the reforms under Agenda Item Four," a brief AU statement said.

Mr Annan is also expected to exchange views with representatives of civil society, including religious leaders and the business community, and other stakeholders regarding the reform process.

The former UN Secretary-General last visited Kenya last October when he received the final report of the Commission of Inquiry into the Post-Election Violence on behalf of the Panel.

His expected arrival coincides with a deadline given to the government by the International Criminal Court (ICC) to establish a special tribunal to try the post-election violence suspects or the matter be handled by the Hague based court. 

In a statement posted on the ICC website on Wednesday, ICC chief prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo outlined a three-pronged approach that should be adopted to avert a recurrence of violence.

He said the International Criminal Court will prosecute those most responsible for the violence while other perpetrators would be subjected to Kenyan proceedings.

The ICC prosecutor said he would be engaging in decisive consultations with President Mwai Kibaki and Prime Minister Raila Odinga in coming weeks.

"Justice will not be delayed," Mr Ocampo promised.


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