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Former President, Daniel Moi advises Kenyans to give President Kibaki a second term – Kenyans will listen

Posted by African Press International on August 29, 2007

Story by NATION Team
Publication Date: 8/29/2007

Retired president Daniel arap Moi yesterday explained why he will support and campaign for President Kibakis re-election.

Former President Daniel arap Moi addresses journalists at his Kabarak Gardens home in Nairobi where he announced he would support President Kibaki in the next General Election. Photo/PETERSON GITHAIGA

I am convinced that President Kibaki ought to be given a chance to complete the constitutionally-accepted two-term tenure, Mr Moi told a news conference in Nairobi.

My reason for this decision is that President Kibaki, by virtue of his office as Head of State and Government of Kenya, is a symbol of nationhood.

Mr Mois announcement at his Kabarnet Gardens home was the culmination of months of meetings and strategising between State House officials and his aides.

Influence Rift Valley

In announcing that he would back his one time vice-president turned political foe and friend again, Mr Moi will be seeking to influence Rift Valley voters to abandon the opposition.

The announcement drew different reactions from Kenyans, with ODM presidential hopefuls Raila Odinga, Najib Balala and Joe Nyaga describing the endorsement inconsequential.

Kanu chairman Uhuru Kenyatta and his group said the party organs would first have to meet to make a decision on any such move.

Mr Odinga, Mr Balala and Mr Nyaga dismissed Mr Mois endorsement of the Kibaki presidency as the former Head of States project Number Two which was doomed to fail just like his 2002 one.

At the time, Mr Moi, who was stepping down as required by the Constitution, had picked Mr Kenyatta as his preferred candidate in what came to be referred to as Project Uhuru.

Mr Odinga said: President Kibaki has now become Mois project Number Two which we are going to defeat because we were all along prepared for the two.

He said ODM was not intimidated by the resources at the Presidents and Mr Mois disposal.

The Langata MP described the two as birds of the same feather, saying they had a long working relationship, adding that he was not surprised by Mr Mois move.

During his news conference, Mr Moi was noncommittal on whether Kanu which he chaired for many years should field a presidential candidate in this years General Election. He said it was up to the members of the 47-year-old party to decide.

Mr Kenyatta and Mr Mois son, Gideon, who is also the Baringo Central MP, said the party had not made a decision to support any candidate.

Despite supporting President Kibaki, Mr Moi said he would continue to be a staunch and active Kanu member.

He described ODM and ODM-Kenya presidential hopefuls as visionless, tribal, selfish and driven by hate.

Although he could not name them, Mr Moi said President Kibakis opponents were only interested in leadership and selfish gains and if allowed, they would plunge the country into chaos.

False hopes

All one hears is high-sounding rhetoric, giving false hopes to the people, as if a politician can develop the country in exclusion of individual participation and hard work of every Kenyan.

While imagination and creativity are in order, pragmatism is a must, he said of his successors critics.

Five leaders are seeking the ODM presidential ticket. They are Mr Odinga, Mr Musalia Mudavadi, MP William Ruto, Mr Balala and Mr Nyaga.

Mwingi North MP Kalonzo Musyoka and nominated MP Julia Ojiambo are eyeing the ODM-K ticket.

Both parties are expected to pick their presidential candidates on Friday.

Yesterday, Mr Moi said having been President and a symbol of nationhood for 24 years, it would be inappropriate for him to support any brand of politics that was not nationalistic in outlook.

Asked whether he had forgiven President Kibaki and Mr Odinga over the humiliation he suffered when he handed over power in 2002, Mr Moi said he had no ill-feelings against them.

The retired president, who has been calling on Rift Valley residents to wait for his political direction, denied being a tribalist. He said he had never been one or leader of the Kalenjin.

On his support of the Orange group during 2005 referendum on the proposed constitution, Mr Moi said he was opposed to the document after great thought and consultation.

But he was opposed to the transformation of the Orange group into a political party, saying this was done without consulting Kenyans.

Commenting on ongoing wrangles in the ODM, Mr Moi said the party will split to the least denominator.

He said he did not care which party President Kibaki belonged to but supported him because he was a symbol of nationhood.

Last weekend, Mr Odinga led other ODM leaders in accusing Mr Moi and President Kibaki of scheming to kill the opposition to keep the current government in power.

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China donates US$300,000 for AU troop deployment in Somalia

Posted by African Press International on August 29, 2007

Addis Ababa (Ethiopia) China on Monday donated $300,000 to assist the African Union in deploying peacekeepers in Somalia.

Receiving the donation, African Union Commission chairperson Alpha Ouma Konare appealed to the international community to support the deployment of more troops in Somalia.

Konare said that such assistance would help the African Union deploy the much-needed military force in Somalia, which would contribute to the stabilization of the country.

The Chinese ambassador to Ethiopia, Lin Lin said his government has been watching the latest developments in Somalia very closely and was interested in the internal dialogue in the country.

He said the donation was just a token as the Chinese government intended to continue to support the African Union efforts to bring peace to Somalia and other areas of conflict in Africa.

He reiterated the need for the international community to work hand in hand and be supportive of the African Union efforts to restore peace in the conflict areas within Africa.

China believes that peace can be restored in Somalia through the African Union, he added.

Since January, several African countries have pledged to send troops to Somalia but have been unable to do so due to financial constraints.

Currently, it is only Uganda that has managed to send 1,500 troops to Somalia.

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Posted by African Press International on August 29, 2007

Accra (Ghana) The chief executive of COCOBOD, the main body responsible for the purchase and export of cocoa in Ghana, Isaac Osei, averred on Tuesday that the country will host 16 African cocoa producing countries in Accra from 3rd to 4th September.

Briefing the media in Accra on Tuesday, Osei said Ghana will be hosting the second summit of African cocoa producing countries.

The conference will be held under the theme Defining the policy roadmap towards sustainable African cocoa economy.

The heads of state of cocoa producing countries will meet on 3rd September while the technical experts in cocoa producing and exporting countries will hold their meeting on 4th September, he pointed out.

Osei added that the 70th Annual General Assembly Meeting of International Cocoa Producers Alliance is also expected be held in Accra from the 8th to 12th October this year.

This will follow the hosting of the International Cocoa Organisation round table discussion in Accra from 3rd to 6th October that will focus on worlds sustainable cocoa economy, he revealed.

Ghana has targeted to export one million metric tonnes of cocoa this year, after producing 650,000 metric tonnes last year.

Ghana is the second largest producer of cocoa trailing behind Cote dIvoire.

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Sierra Leone imposes curfew in Kono due to electoral violence

Posted by African Press International on August 29, 2007

Freetown (Sierra Leone) Koidu, the headquarter town of the diamond-rich Kono District, on Tuesday was covered for the second day by a curfew order imposed by the government of Sierra Leone due to violence between the ruling Sierra Leones Peoples Party (SLPP) and the leading opposition All Peoples Congress (APC) ahead of the presidential run-off billed for 8 September.

Reports from Kono say the police high command had to impose the curfew so as to save lives and property as the situation was quickly deteriorating as youth of both parties stepped up violence during electoral campaign.

Violence began when the poster of the APC leader was destroyed by SLPP supporters which prompted the swiftly intervention by the police which eventually dispersed both party supporters by firing teargas in the air.

However the Local Unit Commander in Kono, Assistant Inspector General of Police, Santigie Koroma, in a telephone conversation, told APA that the unit was holding a string of meetings with all stakeholders including tribal authorities and political heads in the district in order to resolve the stalemate.

Meanwhile, a similar violent scenario was reported at Waterloo in the outskirts of the capital, Freetown where one person was stabbed and six were severely injured leading to the arrest of three by the police.

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Yaounde to host Central African region security conference

Posted by African Press International on August 29, 2007

Dakar (Senegal) The United Nation standing consultative committee on security in the central African region is billed to hold its sixth ministerial meeting from 3 to 7 September 2007 in Yaounde, the Cameroonian capital, a release copied to APA said.

The meeting will examine the recent geopolitical and security developments in the concerned member states, as well as projects for disarmament and security in Central Africa.

This especially focuses on the Sao Tome initiative to develop a legal instrument to control small and light arms, as well as institute a code of conduct for armed and security forces in Central Africa region.

The major aim of the Committee, which is chaired by Sao Tome and Principe, is to promote peace and security in central Africa through measures to strengthen trust, notably the disarmament and the reduction of arms.

The committee comprises Angola, Burundi, Cameroon, Congo, Gabon, Equatorial Guinea, Central African Republic, DR Congo, Rwanda, Sao Tome and Principe, and Chad.

The structure meets twice a year at ministerial level and holds special conferences, seminars and workshops on peace and security issues in Central Africa.

Ministers and government experts, representatives of the Economic Community of Central African States (CEMAC), UN missions in the region and the regional centre for small and light arms will take part in the ministerial meeting

Other participants will include the International Organisation of the Francophonie and the permanent secretariat of the International Conference on the Great Lakes and Central region for human rights and democracy.

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