Sunday, February 17, 2008
Kenyan govt. to resist U.S pressure
The Kenyan government has warned the US not to pressure the country to agree to a political deal, saying the solution lies with Kenyans.
"We encourage our friends to support us, to encourage us, but not to make any mistake by putting a gun to anybody's head and say 'either or' because that cannot work," Foreign Minister Moses Wetangula said Sunday on the eve of US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice's visit.
He also said that while "we welcome proposals, opinions, suggestions and views, at the end this problem will be solved by Kenyans and Kenyans themselves".
US President George W. Bush called for a power-sharing deal to end a post-election political crisis at the start of his Africa tour on Saturday.
But President Kibaki's camp has balked at a power-sharing solution, saying in talks led by Annan that it was willing to name some opposition members to government under the strong executive leadership of the president, according to a government official.
Rice is due in Nairobi on Monday for meetings with President Mwai Kibaki and opposition leader Raila Odinga to support Kofi Annan's mediation, which appears deadlocked over a proposed coalition government.