Wednesday, January 30, 2008
A roadmap of guidelines and benchmarks for the mediation process has been released by Kenyans for Peace With Truth and Justice, a coalition of over 40 human rights, governance and legal organizations in Kenya. KPTJ states starkly: "Violence is rapidly spreading. Politicians are continuing to take hard-line positions. And there is a possibility that the country is gravitating to full scale civil war."
KPTJ sets out the following guidelines for the mediation process:
1) Justice and Truth: The truth must be known about the disputed election. Independent
investigation and audit of the flawed presidential poll should be initiated as a matter of urgency. This should be done by a Commission of Inquiry agreed to by both parties.
2) Constitutional guarantee: All solutions to this crisis must be anchored on a constitutional framework.
3) Interim power-sharing and a government for national reconciliation/healing: An
interim government should be formed for not less than one year and not more than two years.
4) Both leaders should give in a little to move things forward. Mr. Mwai Kibaki must acknowledge that that his presidency is disputed. Mr. Raila Odinga must acknowledge that Mr. Kibaki was sworn in, whether legitimately or otherwise.
5) Reconciliation and healing: This should be the major responsibility of the new government.
6) The new government should have minimum mandate and be charged with the following responsibilities:
i) Electoral reforms, to address the flaw in our electoral system and in
particular the gaps that led to a flawed election. "Winner takes it all" is an issue
that has to be addressed.
ii) Judicial reforms, to ensure judicial probity, accountability, independence and efficiency
iii) Arrangements for a new constitution: the new government should
establish a new framework for a new constitution.
iv) Minimum constitutional reforms: This should be done to anchor power
v) National healing and reconciliation