The veteran author, actor, and editor of Addis Admas magazine, Gash Nebiy. The analyst says that the west believed Kenyatta could not make this decisive move after Ruto visited Addis Ababa. “They believe Abiy has made a smart move and Kenya is no more the west’s voice in the peace talk. As a result, the West concluded that entering into negotiations under these conditions would cast a shadow over the fate of the TPLF. The west wants the TPLF to survive. They also want to hold the Ethiopian government accountable for the war,” the analyst said. Under the chief mediator, Obasanjo, Moussa Faki designated Kenyatta and Phumzile Mlambo Ngcuka (Ph.D.), former Deputy President of South Africa. Ngcuka was chosen after Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma was eliminated from the running. The Ethiopian government disliked Dlamini Zuma, an MD by profession because she supported Tedros Adhanom (Ph.D.) during his campaign for the World Health Organization’s leadership position. Ethiopia’s government accuses the WHO director of continuing to support the TPLF. According to the insider, Kenyatta will most likely be replaced by Raila Odinga, a former Kenyan Prime Minister and one of the leaders with a high profile in AU continental infrastructure programs and regional integration. “Obasanjo’s current office at the AU will most likely evolve into a secretariat and even a peacekeeping mission office if the conflict in northern Ethiopia escalates. Given the involvement of Eritrea in this conflict, there is a high probability that a peacekeeping force will be deployed. If so, there is a probability that such forces come from South Africa. None will be considered from Great East Africa. Even Rwanda has its interests,” an AU insider said.