Monday, March 10, 2008


The former UN Secretary General Kofi Annan, who mediated the negotiations, called the deal (the National Accord and Reconciliation Act), and said before leaving the country that the deal shall be entrenched in the constitution. He outlined the key points of the agreement as follows:
  • The post of prime minister will be created, with the holder having the authority to co-ordinate and supervise the execution of government functions.
  • The prime minister will be an elected member of parliament and the parliamentary leader of the largest party in the National Assembly, or of a coalition if the largest party does not command a majority in parliament.
  • Two deputy prime ministers to be appointed, one to be nominated by each member of the coalition.
  • The prime minister and deputy prime ministers can only be removed if the National Assembly passes a motion of no-confidence with a majority vote.
  • A cabinet to consist of a president, vice-president, prime minister, two deputy prime ministers and other ministers.
  • The removal of a minister of the coalition will be subject to consultation and agreement in writing by the leaders.
  • The composition of the coalition government will at all times take into account the principle of portfolio balance, and reflect the parties' relative parliamentary strengths.
  • A 50-50 power-sharing formula-of which, power sharing would be at two levels — the Cabinet and the Government, which includes the Civil Service and parastatals.
  • The coalition will be dissolved if the current parliament is dissolved; or if the parties agree in writing; or if one coalition partner withdraws from the coalition.

    Now the question that the Kenyan people need to ask is this:

    Who exactly is Francis Muthaura? and who is Martha Karua? and i am sure there are a few retrogresives in this group who would rather pull the strings from behind than be seen in public, who are they?

    Because according to them:

    The President will retain the powers to appoint the Prime Minister, Deputy Prime Ministers and Cabinet ministers under the power-sharing agreement brokered by Mr Kofi Annan. Mr Muthaura had said: "The Vice-President, Prime Minister, deputy Prime Ministers and all ministers are directly responsible to the President. The President will continue to chair the Cabinet".

    He also said that appointments to the public service, parastatals and other constitutional bodies were not subject to the power-sharing deal. According to him, such appointees were expected to serve all Kenyans equally and their jobs could not be politicised.

    Flanked by the government spokesman Alfred Mutua, Mr Muthaura said that President Kibaki retained his responsibilities as the Head of State and Government under the deal mediated by the former UN secretary general. All permanent secretaries and chairpersons of State corporations, he added, will also be appointed by the President. Mr Muthaura said the VP is the principal assistant of the President and will retain his position as the Leader of Government Business in Parliament. "This is a Constitutional provision and you don't expect the Prime Minister to supervise the work of the Vice President," he said.

    So it seems, everybody-including Mr Annan himself and international community do not/and didn't know what the power-sharing deal 's all about and have been waiting for Mr. Muthaura and his friends to shed some lights in to it?
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