African ministers discuss Kenyan post-election chaos

Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- Kenya's Foreign Minister Moses Wetangula Tuesday addressed a special sitting of the African Union (AU) Foreign Ministers committe e at which he admitted "both sides" have been involved in the on-going political v iolence in Kenya.
"It takes two to tango.
The violence is by both sides," he said after delivering a 30-minute address to the Executive Council of the AU.
Sources at the meeting said his report was not immediately discussed as the upda te was slotted in before the on-going discussions on the AU's financial accounts were completed.
The Ministers were expected to discuss the post-election crisis but a separate s itting chaired by the Kenyan Minister later called on the opposition to make use of the justice system within the region to resolve the crisis.
The Inter-governmental Authority on Development (IGAD), which met under the Keny an chairmanship, said "Kenya had been a jewel of peace" and had contributed to p e ace in the region.
It did condemn the violence in the East African state.
Separately, Foreign Ministers from the five East African Community (EAC) states met to discuss the crisis.
Their decision had not been communicated to the press .
Wetangula admitted telling the African ministers that the fighting had been wors ened by the "elements of revenge attacks".
"There are elements of revenge attacks.
The chaos is as a result of ethnic animo sity.
We need to deal with it," the minister said.
Meanwhile, Mwai Kibaki appeared to gain a sense of legitimacy after the AU Commi ssion chairman Alpha Konare reaffirmed the opposition would not be allowed to ad d ress the Summit on the on-going violence in Kenya.
Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) Secretary-General Anyang Nyong'o said Monday th at its leader Raila Odinga would have liked to be given a similar opportunity to address the gathering of African leaders to solidify the AU mediation.
"The ODM has a right to attend.
We should be allowed to address the Summit, if K ibaki is allowed to attend…but we are not going to hassle.
"Raila is not going to stand somewhere near a gate to be allowed to attend the meeting, he is not such a person.
If he attends, it should be in a dignified ma n ner," Nyong'o told journalists here.
Wetangula met with Konare Monday to discuss the post-election violence.
Asked to elaborate on the details of his meeting with Konare, Wetangula said: "The AU Commission President has re-affirmed Kenya will send only one legitimate delegate.
The opposition would not be represented here.
They attempted to come h e re but they were turned away.
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29 january 2008 16:54:00




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