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Kibaki says he has no job to offer Raila Odinga

Posted by African Press International on January 27, 2008

I didnt offer Raila PM post, says Kibaki

President Kibaki has denied that he had offered ODM leader Raila Odinga the post of prime minister.

The President said such an appointment would be a constitutional matter.

Currently, there is no provision in the Kenyan Constitution for the office of prime minister, said a statement from the Presidential Press Service sent to newsrooms.

The President was reacting to remarks by Mr Odinga that he will never take up the post of prime minister in Mr Kibakis government.

The ODM leader was answering a question by journalists on Friday, as to whether he would take up the post in a Kibaki-led government.

I have never said I was considering taking up a position of prime minister under Kibaki, he said.

The creation of a prime ministers post has been floated as one of the options to incorporate Mr Odinga in the government following an election dispute in which ODM rejected the announcement of Mr Kibaki as the winner of the presidential election.

Mr Odinga said the only options for discussion were the resignation of President Kibaki and a re-run of the presidential election at a later date under a transitional government.

However, the PPS statement described the Odinga story, which appeared on the front page of the Saturday Nation, as misleading.

It added that President Kibaki was open to dialogue and welcomed his meeting with Mr Odinga last Thursday, organised by the former UN secretary general, Mr Kofi Annan, at the Office of the President.

The Head of State wishes to see Kenyan leaders give the initiative by Kofi Annan a chance, the statement added.

Lifted and published by Korir, API

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