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Kenya salutes Zimbabwe, urges commitment
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19:34, September 16, 2008

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The Kenyan government has welcomed the signing of a power-sharing agreement in Zimbabwe and urged the parties to remain committed to the provisions of the accord.

Foreign Minister Moses Wetangula said the signing of the power-sharing agreement on Monday that ended months of political crisis has renewed hope of the Zimbabweans following several months of uncertainty.

"The historic signing of the power-sharing agreement witnessed today, has renewed hope for the people of Zimbabwe following months of uncertainty, thus opening a new phase to true democracy, and the development of Zimbabwe," Wetangula said in a statement received here on Tuesday.

"It is now incumbent upon all the stakeholders to remain committed to the provisions of the Agreement as they form the pillars for durable stability and prosperity for the people of Zimbabwe," he added.

Wetangula, who had previously criticized the political leadership in Zimbabwe, said the signing of the accord between President Robert Mugabe and opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai was a chance to reverse the political uncertainty.

Speaking after signing the accord, President Mugabe said he was committed to national unity and would do "his best".

Mugabe, who was retained as the Head of State but had his powers to control government clipped extensively, said the agreement would only succeed if the leaders "walk the same route".

"There are a lot of things in the agreement which I didn't, and which I still don't like. There are also a number of things in the agreement which he (Tsvangirai) didn't like, and still does not like," he said.

"We have to walk, and walk the same route. We have been walking the same route without knowing it, or not recognizing each other. We may disagree on that route... but now there are areas we find ourselves in agreement."

His rival Tsvangirai who is the new prime minister said the agreement provided the best hope for Zimbabwe and called for its full implementation.

Under the deal, Mugabe will retain his role as the head of state, while Tsvangirai will take the newly created role of Prime Minister. Prof Mutambara will be one of Tsvangirai's two deputies.

"The Kenyan government would like to pay a special tribute to Robert Mugabe, President of the Republic of Zimbabwe, Morgan Tsvangirai, Prime Minister and Arthur Mutambara, Deputy Prime Minister for the determination and resilience demonstrated in the six weeks negotiations aimed at resolving the political stalemate in Zimbabwe," he said.

"The historic signing of the power-sharing Agreement ...has renewed hope for the people of Zimbabwe following months of uncertainty, thus opening a new phase to true democracy, and the development of Zimbabwe."

The foreign minister said the east African nation will continue working with the Zimbabwe in further cementing the friendly relations between the two countries.

"We remain steadfast in our aims of achieving social and economic progress of the African people and of durable peace and sustained development in Africa. These common aims will continue to bind our two peoples," he said.

Source: Xinhua



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