Kenyan Factions Sign Peace Deal

February 15, 2008 10:05 AM
by findingDulcinea Staff
Envoys of Kenyan President Mwai Kibaki and opposition leader Raila Odinga reach a peace agreement after negotiations headed by former UN Secretary General Kofi Annan.

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In an attempt to quell the ethnic and political violence that has marred Kenya since the country's troubled December elections, former United Nations Secretary General Kofi Annan has helped engineer a peace treaty between the supporters of President Mwai Kibaki and opposition leader Raila Odinga.

Odinga and his supporters continue to contest the results of the Dec. 27th election, claiming that it was rigged to favor the president.

In the weeks since the elections, Kenya, once heralded as one of the most promising nations in Africa, has been wracked by ethnic turmoil.

Kibaki comes from the majority Kikuyu group, while Odinga is part of the Luo minority.

Assessments of the deal from those inside Kenya are mixed. Freelance photojournalist Anne Holmes, who has been reporting from Kenya since soon after the start of the crisis, wrote on Feb. 10 that Annan’s negotiations “have helped to quiet things down a bit,” despite an upsurge of violence seen 10 days prior.

Kenya-based blog Kumekucha
dismissed the peace deal before its terms were made public: “The truth of the matter is that Annan will NOT announce anything worth the label news or breakthrough. Granted, Kenyans have been through hell these last five weeks and HOPE remains the only treasured asset in their souls.”

Headline Link: ‘Kenya Leadership Rivals Sign Peace Deal’

Key Players: Mwai Kibaki and Raila Odinga

Mwai Kibaki
Raila Odinga

Opinion & Analysis: Working from hope

Reference: Facts and figures on Kenya

Related Topics: After the December 2007 elections in Kenya


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