au_summit 2011.jpgControversially appointed AU mediator in the electoral crisis in Cote D’lvoire, Mr Raila Odinga was fired last night after a public spat with his appointer Dr Jean Ping.

The former mediator who breached protocol and tried to address a media briefing on the crisis in Cote d’Ivoire was fired on the spot and only attended the Peace and Security Council meeting as Kenyan Prime Minster.

Confirming the latest developments, Foreign Affairs Minister, Cde Simbarashe Mbengegwi said the manner in which he was appointed as a mediator by the AU Commission Chairman, Dr Jean Ping  as well as his  handling of the Cote D’Ivoire issue could have contributed to the sacking of embattled Odinga.
President Laurent Gbagbo objected very strongly to Mr Odinga as a mediator, accusing him of being biased towards his rival in the presidential claim, Mr Allasane Quattara.

The Peace and Security Council went on to set up a high level panel of Heads of States and Governments to go on a fact finding mission in the troubled country and is expected to report to the AU next month.

The Peace and Security Council had proposed that Mr Gbagbo be placed under sanctions to force him to concede defeat, an initiative rejected strongly by Head of State and Government and Commander-in-Chief of the Zimbabwe Defence Forces, President Robert Mugabe.

He said such decisions cannot be made without the results of the established panel, which will make recommendations to the organ for implementation.
The embattled Kenyan Primier’s appointment was in the first place rejected by his president, Cde Mwai Kibaki, who was not consulted and secondly realised that his Mr Odinga was using his post to raise his international profile.

Concerns were also raised during the Peace and Security Council meeting that the AU and the United Nations should not be party to conflicts but instead have a mandate to put out fires in troubled spots.

This comes after the international community’s recognition of Mr Quattara as the legitimate winner of Cote D’Ivoire’s presidential elections, but Mr Gbagbo has rejected the results saying recounting should be done in 7 disputed districts.

The UN organised polls in the world’s largest cocoa producer was flawed as currently the United Nations cannot account for the ballots it deposed.