Saturday, January 05, 2008

ODM REJECTS KIBAKI'S CALL OF GNU(Government of National Unity)

Raila Odinga, Kenya's opposition leader, has responded to calls for a national unity government from Mwai Kibaki, the president, by telling him to resign.

Kibaki's office said that the president "was ready to form a government of national unity that would not only unite Kenyans but would also help in the healing and reconciliation process".

But Odinga, leader of the Orange Democratic Movement, said the only way to begin dialogue was for Kibaki "not to come to the negotiating table as the president".

"We want to talk with him on the basis of his old mandate, then we find a settlement to this problem," he told a news conference.

"Our condition is only that there is an international mediator," Odinga said he held talks with Frazer.

"Kibaki must accept that Kenyans are not irrational people," Odinga said. "They cannot wake up one morning and decide to fight each other. "We must admit that what we are having here is because of him, because he has rigged himself back to power against the will of the majority of Kenyans," Odinga explained.

"Let him address the issue, why are you there, Mr Kibaki? Why are you there when the people of Kenya voted you out of power," he said.