Kenyan president to meet Annan on Monday

December 4, 2009 12:00 am

, NAIROBI, Kenya Dec 4 – Former United Nations Secretary General Kofi Annan is now expected to meet President Mwai Kibaki on Monday.

The meeting whose main agenda is anticipated to be the progress of reforms in the country will take place at the President’s Harambee House office.

An official form Portland PR which is handling the mediators publicity told Capital News that Mr Annan will be joined by Graca Machel the wife of former South African President Nelson Mandela at the talks aimed at evaluating the progress of reforms in Kenya.

He is also expected to inquire about what the government is doing towards formulating a Special Tribunal Bill.

According to the itinerary released by the Public Relations firm, Mr Annan was on Friday due to chair a meeting of the Board of Directors of the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA), whose headquarters is in Nairobi.

The former UN Secretary General on Thursday held closed door meetings with Prime Minister Raila Odinga at Treasury buildings before heading to Parliament for a similar meeting with Speaker Kenneth Marende.

Soon after meeting the Speaker, Mr Annan – who chaired the National Dialogue and Reconciliation Committee that saw the inception of the coalition system of governance – said he would make a comprehensive statement on the progress of a Bill by Central Imenti MP Gitobu Imanyara Bill on establishing a Special Tribunal after meeting the President.

Mr Imanyara\’s Constitution of Kenya (Amendment) Bill, 2009 has suffered a perennial lack of quorum since he introduced it in Parliament.

The talks with the two leaders dealt mainly on progress made since Mr Annan\’s last visit in October when he left with a clear message that masterminds of last year\’s post-election violence must be brought to book before 2012.

Mr Annan arrived in Kenya on Wednesday evening and will be in the country until Tuesday next week.

Panel Member Mrs Graça Machel is expected in the country on Sunday, where she will join Mr Annan to review progress in the implementation of the Kenya National Dialogue and Reconciliation (KNDR) process.

"Mr Annan and Mrs Machel are looking forward to holding discussions with President Mwai Kibaki and Prime Minister Raila Odinga, members of the Dialogue Team and other political personalities. During their visit, Mr Annan and Mrs Machel will also meet representatives of civil society, religious leaders and the business community, members of the diplomatic corps, and other stakeholders," read a statement sent ahead of Mr Annan`s visit.

The visit comes in the wake of pressure on the government to implement reforms which were recommended under Agenda Four in the National Accord.

The peace deal ended two months of chaos that claimed more than 1,000 people and uprooted another 600,000 from their homes.

Mr Annan and Mrs Machel who are members of the Panel of Eminent African Personalities will brief the media on their findings at the conclusion of their visit.


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