News Flash: Kofi Annan takes a walk

True. This was the front page of the Standard today. I think the attention to this walk highlights how much of the country’s hopes are perceived to be hanging on what this one man can do.

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If he pulls this off, he should be given another Nobel Peace Prize.

I saw the scene on TV last night. He starts to come out of the hotel, retreats back in then comes out again a few minutes later. Walks up to the microphones and says something to the effect that, “I’m just coming out to take a walk. I want to take a walk, and so I’m asking you to leave me alone. Is that okay?” (Christi noted how the question at the end is a very African way of being; something we really appreciate about many African cultures.)

Today he addressed an informal meeting of the parliament and hopes are high that he can come out with a solution in the next 48-72 hours. He is taking the negotiators to a secluded place out of Nairobi with a media blackout. This is what it looks like will be happening:

The possibility of a grand coalition government, independent committee to investigate last year’s General Election, electoral reforms, constitution, institutional judicial reforms and a political solution to be unveiled in the next few days.

Concerns raised in an editorial. What kind of power sharing?

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