PART 2 - 21th Jan.
2008 until 24. Jan. 2008
FACTS OF THE POST-ELECTION
KENYA OVERVIEW: TROUBLED NATION IN A TROUBLED
REGION (slow loading!)
SHORT CHRONOLOGY OF THE
THE NATIONAL DISASTER IN
THE WHISTLEBLOWER FILES ON KENYA
TEXT OF KENYA
CONSTITUTIONAL CRISIS IN KENYA
US AND THEM - THE
ENDURING POWER OF ETHNIC NATIONALISM
US Ambassador to Internal
Security head over Kenyan assassination (24.01.2008)
Country's Image is
Badly Dented Abroad
(24.01.2008) As I travelled to Maputo last week, a young but
chatty woman sat next to me on the Johannesburg-Maputo segment.
She was Basana and so was her business name.
U.S. Envoy Wants
Political Pact in Kenya
(24.01.2008) A mass funeral on Wednesday for victims of clashes in
Nairobi was marred by disturbances. During street clashes that are
becoming the norm, opposition supporters set a government building
on fire in the capital.
Raila and Kibaki
(24.01.2008) The following are the speeches delivered Thursday by
President Kibaki and ODM leader Raila Odinga when they met for the
first time since the outbreak of violence.
rivals shake hands as Annan mediates
(24.01.2008) Nairobi - Kenya's political rivals shook hands
Thursday and emphasized "working together" to find a political
solution to the conflict over disputed elections after meeting for
the first time since last month's polls.
Kenyan Rivals Meet On
(24.01.2008) Rival Kenyan Leaders Meet For First Time Since
Disputed Election - (AP) - Kenya's president and its main
opposition leader met Thursday for the first time since the
disputed Dec. 27 presidential vote sparked nationwide violence
that left hundreds dead.
Is Another Genocide
(24.01.2008) The British have, on occasions, found themselves to
blame for leaving behind them political chaos in their former
colonies. Call them the world's hotspots - Palestine, Iraq, Cyprus,
Southern Cameroons, Uganda, Kenya to name a few.
Kenya leaders appear
more concerned with power than with people
(24.01.2008) NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) - As Kenyans die in their
hundreds in gritty city slums and rolling cornfields in the
countryside, their fate rests with two men who appear more intent
on the struggle for power than on the turmoil it has set off.
Annan says Kenya foes
meeting 'very encouraging'
(24.01.2008) NAIROBI (AFP) - Kenyan President Mwai Kibaki and
opposition leader Raila Odinga on Thursday held their first talks
since disputed December polls, a development chief mediator Kofi
Annan described as "very encouraging".
Here is a Breath of
fresh air in a land filled with Sharks
(24.01.2008) Kenya is at a thresh hold of untold Catastrophe. Yet
none of the people in leadership seem to acknowledge this more so
the man who holds the stick, Mwai Kibaki. He believes we have no
Crisis in Kenya and therefore we don’t need a mediator.
Why GSU Crack Skulls
(24.01.2008) Some Kenyans thought the film The Constant Gardener,
with its background shots of Kibera, and the scene where the
police officer asks for a bribe, gave a negative picture of Kenya.
Starting a fight that
you can`t win
(24.01.2008) Meshack got us into trouble that Friday. He wasn`t
drunk; of course he had taken a few bottles of beer, but some how
it didn`t get into his head.
Kenya Ethnic Tensions
Warning to Other Nations
(24.01.2008) Those who sow the wind reap the whirlwind'. The loose
political rhetoric riding on ethnic sentiments, accompanying, for
example, the current controversial issues of land, may give
mileage to politicians for a season, but what is it going to cost
our collective future?
Kibaki And Raila Hold
(24.01.2008) President Kibaki and the Orange Democratic Movement
leader Raila Odinga have both arrived at Nairobi's Harambee House
for the first face-to-face talks over the political crisis out of
disputed election results.
opposition leader to meet - UN
(24.01.2008) NAIROBI (Reuters) - President Mwai Kibaki will meet
opposition leader Raila Odinga later on Thursday for the first
time in Kenya's political crisis, with the mediation of former U.N.
boss Kofi Annan, the United Nations said.
Concern over Molo IDPs
as camp closures continue
(24.01.2008) NAIROBI (IRIN) - A government directive to close
camps for internally displaced persons (IDPs) across the country
has raised concerns among aid workers, especially over the plight
of IDPs in the volatile district of Molo in Rift Valley Province,
where thousands live in at least 50 congested sites.
Women Stood Up to Be
(24.01.2008) NAIROBI (IPS) - Women boldly stood up to be elected
during December’s general elections. They turned out in their
highest number ever -- 269 -- to contest Kenya’s 210 parliamentary
chokes flow of goods to the region
(24.01.2008) Security concerns are preventing fuel and other goods
from leaving a key port. - Mombasa, Kenya - Looking out his office
window at Kenya's largest port, Mombasa, Wilson Rading counted
seven ships waiting to unload. For the director of DFS Express
Lines, a small freight logistics company, it was like watching his
money sink to the bottom of the harbor.
More hotels in Malindi
(24.01.2008) At least ten hotels have been closed down and more
than 5,000 workers laid off in Malindi. The chairman of the
Association of Hotel Keepers and Caterers, Malindi, Watamu and
Mambrui branch, Mr Issac Rodrot, said there were less than 200
guests still staying in hotels by yesterday.
Poll Outcome Will
(24.01.2008) The outcome of the recently concluded General
Election will forever haunt President Kibaki and the Electoral
Commission of Kenya chairman, Mr Samuel Kivuitu.
Kenyan crisis talks
gather pace (24.01.2008) Kenya talks breakthrough denied -
Kenya's opposition says it has not yet agreed to an official
investigation into their claims of electoral fraud.
What is in the Word
(24.01.2008) Africa Focus, Africa Action and H-Net Africa
contributors on Western media coverage of Africa Pambazuka editors
give you the war on the word "tribe"
Re-Emerge in City Slums to Offer Protection
(24.01.2008) Outlawed gangs have re-emerged in some parts of
Nairobi hit by violence occasioned by the disputed presidential
World Bank, AfDB raise
alarm over Kenya
(24.01.2008) TUNIS - The World Bank and African Development Bank,
acting to "raise an alarm" over the turmoil in Kenya, said on
Tuesday they may have to adjust lending programmes there if unrest
persists following a disputed poll.
Teargas at Funeral
(24.01.2008) Kenyan police fired bullets in the air and teargas at
an opposition funeral procession yesterday as political strife
claimed more lives, adding to the urgency of a new mediation
mission by former UN chief Kofi Annan.
Talks the Only Option,
(24.01.2008) President Kibaki
and ODM leader Raila Odinga have no option but to negotiate a way
out of the crisis facing Kenya.
set ablaze in Kenya protests
(24.01.2008) Annan launches mediation effort - NAIROBI -
Protesters set fire to a government office building yesterday,
forcing workers to climb out windows as former UN chief Kofi Annan
tried to resolve the dispute over Kenya's presidential election.
Kenyan death toll now
(24.01.2008) Former UN chief Kofi Annan met Kenyan President Mwai
Kibaki on Thursday for talks to end the crisis sparked by his
re-election one month ago, as 12 people died in further clashes.
Displaced aliens to be
relocated to UN camp
(24.01.2008) More than 300 foreigners who fled their homes due to
post-election violence will be moved to the Kakuma Refugee Camp in
over free education
(24.01.2008) More than 450 head
teachers have criticised the Education ministry plan to limit the
number of students who will benefit from free secondary education.
Kofi Annan Meets With
(24.01.2008) NAIROBI, Kenya
(AP) - Kenya's president assured former U.N. Secretary-General
Kofi Annan Thursday he wanted talks to resolve a political crisis
that has sparked deadly violence, but it was unclear the president
welcomed any outside mediators.
Live broadcast ban to
continue, says govt
(24.01.2008) The government has said the ban on live media
coverage will continue until calm returns to clash hit areas.
Conditions worsen in
Kenya - UN
(24.01.2008) Compiled by the SA
Government Communication and Information System - Nairobi -
Security conditions in Kenya are deteriorating rapidly, according
to United Nations officials who report that more than a dozen
civilians have been killed in political violence the past few days.
orchestrated ethnic violence, rights group says
(24.01.2008) - (dpa) - Kenya's opposition planned and organized
ethnic-based violence in the aftermath of disputed polls that set
off a wave of fatal clashes nationwide that has killed nearly 700
people and displaced 250,000, an international rights group said
Must read: Tribal
Tension in Kenya . . . and the delusion of African democracy.
(24.01.2008) Call it the democracy delusion. We believed democracy
was spreading. It was not. Now we worry democracy is retreating.
It is not — since it barely advanced to begin with. We expect
democracy to win the war on terror.
Former UN chief meets
Kibaki as more Kenyans hacked to death
(24.01.2008) NAIROBI (AFP) -
Former UN secretary general Kofi Annan met Kenyan President Mwai
Kibaki Thursday for talks to end the crisis sparked by his
re-election one month ago, as 12 people died in further clashes.
Glimmer Of Hope To End
(24.01.2008) Former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan has met with
Kenyan President Mwai Kibaki Thursday in an attempt to mediate in
the country's election dispute.
Kenya Govt opens
investigation into disputed vote
(24.01.2008) Kenya's Government has agreed to set up an official
investigation into allegations of fraud in last month's disputed
indiscriminate violence sweeps across Nairobi slums
(24.01.2008) People have been victims of armed civilians
increasingly organised in groups that perpetrate indiscriminate
violence - with knives, machetes and sometimes axes - against the
population as a whole. Our teams have witnessed severely wounded
people, with lacerated bodies and mutilated limbs or head.
helped plan Rift Valley violence, says HRW
(24.01.2008) Eldoret – Human Rights Watch investigations
indicate that, after Kenya's disputed elections, opposition party
officials and local elders planned and organized ethnic-based
violence in the Rift Valley, Human Rights Watch said today. The
attacks, targeting mostly Kikuyu and Kisii people in and around
the town of Eldoret, could continue unless the government and
opposition act to stop the violence, Human Rights Watch said.
ECK denies rigging poll in favour of Kibaki
(24.01.2008) Electoral Commission of Kenya Wednesday defended
itself against accusations of rigging the December 27 presidential
Lift broadcast ban, say editors
(24.01.2008) The Kenya Editors Guild has given the Government a
24-hour notice to lift the ban on live broadcasting. The guild
members said they would consider taking further action in the
interest of the public’s right to information and freedom of
expression if the Government did not yield to their call.
Editors give State
(24.01.2008) Editors have given the Government a 24-hour ultimatum
to lift the ban on live TV and radio coverage. The Kenya Editors’
Guild warned that it would mobilise media practitioners if the
directive were not rescinded.
Ugandan army uniforms found
(24.01.2008) Tension remained high at Malaba border after
residents impounded a lorry full of Ugandan military uniforms. The
residents stopped the lorry, registration number KAV 018T, headed
to the customs department and demanded to view its contents.
I’m not an SLDF
member, says MP
(24.01.2008) MT Elgon MP, Mr Fred Kapondi, has denied involvement
in the activities of the Sabaot Land Defence Force (SLDF). The
militia group is responsible for the massacre of about 600 people
in the area.
Marende hopeful of a
truce by Annan
(24.01.2008) National Assembly Speaker, Mr Kenneth Marende, has
expressed confidence in former United Nations Secretary-General Mr
Kofi Annan’s team to end the political crisis.
Mass action called off after Annan-ODM talks
(24.01.2008) A ray of hope over an end of political crisis facing
the country appeared Wednesday when ODM emerged from a meeting
with the Kofi Annan-headed team and called off mass action rallies
planned for Thursday.
Kenya opposition calls
(24.01.2008) The leader of Kenya's opposition Orange Democratic
Movement (ODM) has said he has called off a mass protest planned
for Thursday in the capital, Nairobi.
State stops transfers
of students, teachers
(24.01.2008) The Ministry of Education has halted the transfer of
students and teachers displaced by post-election violence. There
has been a flurry of transfer requests by teachers and students
seeking to be moved to perceived safer areas.
Party holds prayers for violence victims
(24.01.2008) ODM Wednesday held inter denominational prayers for
victims of post- election violence. Party leader Raila Odinga told
a gathering at the city’s Ligi Ndogo grounds on Ngong Road that
the current fighting was not ethnic, but between Kenyans and a
clique of politicians who want the status quo maintained.
Two killed, scores
injured in clash-torn slum
(24.01.2008) Tension was high after two men were killed in the
violence-torn Kariobangi estate in Nairobi. Five people have been
arrested following the early morning orgy on Wednesday, which left
scores of Darfur residents injured.
Two attacked as mob tries to evict ‘outsiders’
(24.01.2008) Two people were Wednesday admitted to hospital in a
serious condition following a flare-up of violence linked to the
disputed presidential poll result.
shot dead as 50 houses are burnt in Rift Valley
(24.01.2008) A man was shot dead and two others injured in Nakuru
and Molo districts on Tuesday night as a new wave of violence
Kenya's Editors Guild
Gives Government Ultimatum to Lift Ban on Live Coverage
(24.01.2008) The Kenya Editors’ Guild has given the government of
President Mwai Kibaki 24 hours from Wednesday to lift the
government’s ban on live TV and radio coverage of the country’s
post-election activities. Macharia Gaitho is chairman of the Guild
and editor with Nation Media Group of Kenya. He told VOA the
editors have several options against what he described as the
government’s nebulous ban.
Kenyan funeral turns
violent, Annan mediates
(24.01.2008) NAIROBI (Reuters) - Police fired teargas to disperse
stone-throwing youths near an opposition funeral in Kenya on
Wednesday, but former U.N. boss Kofi Annan managed to broker a
halt to further street protests after weeks of unrest.
Kenyan Rivals to Meet
for First Time
(24.01.2008) Kenyan President Mwai Kibaki and opposition leader
Raila Odinga have agreed to meet for the first time since the
disputed Dec. 27 presidential elections, which sparked weeks of
ethnic violence, former U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan said
Annan must insist on a
(24.01.2008) As former UN Secretary-general Kofi Annan gets down
to the complex assignment of leading the search for resolution to
Kenya’s post-election crisis, one of his earliest priorities must
be to push for a ceasefire.
Chaos as Annan begins talks
(24.01.2008) Police lobbed teargas canisters at what was a
peaceful mass funeral service for those killed in post-election
violence, even as a series of meetings aimed at finding a solution
to the political crisis began.
Breakthrough in Kenyan
(24.01.2008) NAIROBI, Kenya (UPI) The Kenyan government's claim of
a breakthrough in talks over disputed election results was denied
by the opposition party in Nairobi Thursday.
Both sides must start
talking to each other
(23.01.2008) Kofi Annan has arrived in Kenya not a moment too soon.
The crisis engulfing the nation which was once regarded as one of
the most politically stable in Africa is deepening.
Q&A: Githongo on Kenya
(23.01.2008) John Githongo, formerly in charge of rooting out
corruption in the Kenyan government, gives his views on the
political turmoil that has engulfed his country.
An American Solution to the
Kenyan Constitutional Crisis
Kenya is home to more than 70 ethnic groups of different origins
but with a long history of interaction. Most were already here
when the colonialists arrived towards the end of the nineteenth
Mourners angry after
police interrupt funerals
(23.01.2008) The police attacked the mourners soon after Raila
Odinga and his close collaborators had finished addressing the
gathering. ODM leaders condemned the killings by police officers.
Violence, Death And
(23.01.2008) The Office of the Prosecutor at the International
Criminal Court (ICC) is closely observing recent post-election
Kenyan violence, according to reports from The Hague, the court's
UN warns of food shortage if crisis not solved
(23.01.2008) The number of people displaced by post-election
violence has gone down from 325,000 to about 122,000, according to
a UN report.
Kenya opposition calls off protests
(23.01.2008) Kenya's opposition has called off mass rallies
against the disputed presidential polls, at the request of the
former UN secretary general. "On the request of the mediation team
we have called off the activities we had planned for tomorrow," an
Orange Democratic Movement leader told reporters Wednesday after
senior party officials met former UN Secretary General Kofi Annan.
Kenya opposition calls
off protests at Annan's request
(23.01.2008) NAIROBI (AFP) - Kenya's opposition on Wednesday
called off mass rallies scheduled for the next day to protest
disputed presidential polls, at the request of former UN chief
Kofi Annan, in Kenya to mediate the crisis.
Deadly Dispute Over Kenya Election Goes On
(23.01.2008) - (AP) Dozens of protesters set fire to a government
office building Wednesday, forcing workers to crawl out windows as
former U.N. chief Kofi Annan tried to resolve the deadly dispute
over Kenya's presidential election.
Fresh Violence Erupts
in Kenya as Annan Mediates
(23.01.2008) In Kenya, a funeral for opposition members killed in
the violent political crisis dissolved in fumes of tear gas as
police battled stone-throwing youths. The latest violence came as
former U.N. Chief Kofi Annan began talks to try to resolve the
post-election stalemate that threatens what had been east Africa's
most stable nation.
aggressors find a sense of justice?
(23.01.2008) A class of hopeless youth filled with rage, up for
hire for political, social, economic and religious goals is
emerging. When the youths are on the rampage, they do not belong
to any political jurisdiction. No politician will lay claim to
those destroying the railway line, never mind that the British
colonialists imported labour from India to lay the line in the
Bono meets Pentagon
chief to discuss poverty
(23.01.2008) WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U2 lead singer and activist
Bono visited the Pentagon to discuss Africa and the fight against
global poverty with U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates,
representatives of the two men said on Wednesday.
Museveni Extends Stay
(23.01.2008) PRESIDENT Yoweri Museveni has extended his official
visit to Kenya by a day, in order to resolve a political dispute
between President Mwai Kibaki and opposition leader Raila Odinga
over the December 27 presidential elections.
Kenya's poor at each other's throats
(23.01.2008) No phrase so commonly used about Africa can conceal
quite so much. I am talking about those two very familiar words "tribal
violence". They conjure up memories of the Congo and Biafra in the
1960s, Uganda and Burundi in the decade after that, all the way to
the miseries of Central Africa in the 1990s.
(23.01.2008) Post-election politics in Kenya has become a war of
attrition, and President Mwai Kibaki seems to be winning it, the
cost to the image and economy of the country notwithstanding.
Democracy must work for every Kenyan
(23.01.2008) “Concentration of authority marks almost all present
political systems which have become unwieldy and top-heavy: be
they capitalist, socialist or communist systems. The individuals
count no more, though as voters they are styled as masters. They
present themselves at periodical elections for casting votes and
then sleep away until the next one...
The Country Has Come Too Far to Waste Gains
(23.01.2008) COLUMN - Barack Obama - Nairobi - I have been deeply
troubled by the recent events in Kenya. The ongoing political
impasse and the tragic violence pose an urgent and dangerous
threat to Kenyans, Kenyan democracy, and stability and economic
development in a vital region.
Man killed in Molo protests
(23.01.2008) Youths struck Molo town and killed a businessman near
Molo Academy. Youths sniffing tobacco and chanting war slogans
attacked the man near the school and burnt him to death in his car,
Kenya Protesters Burn Government Offices
(23.01.2008) NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) - Dozens of protesters set fire
to a government office building Wednesday in a melee following a
memorial service organized by the opposition for victims of
Kenya's election violence. Workers crawled to safety from a window
in the smoking building, just as former U.N. chief Kofi Annan was
due to start a mediation mission here.
Kenyan police tear gas opposition funeral
(23.01.2008) NAIROBI (AFP) - Kenyan police fired bullets in the
air and tear gas at an opposition funeral procession Wednesday as
political strife claimed more lives, adding to the urgency of a
new mediation mission by former UN chief Kofi Annan.
Kenya opposition to call off protests: sources
(23.01.2008) NAIROBI (Reuters) - Kenya's opposition will call off
planned protests over the disputed election victory of President
Mwai Kibaki at the request of former U.N. chief Kofi Annan,
opposition sources said on Wednesday.
Kenya opposition, police clash at funeral
(23.01.2008) NAIROBI - Kenyan police fired teargas to
disperse stone-throwing youths at a funeral on Wednesday held by
the opposition for slum residents killed in a crackdown on
protests against President Mwai Kibaki's disputed election.
Editors’ ultimatum on live coverage ban
(23.01.2008) The Kenya Editors Guild has given the Government a
24-hour notice to lift its ban on live broadcasting. The editors
said they would take unspecified "further action" in the interest
of the public’s right to information and freedom of expression.
The notice runs out tomorrow at 11am.
Ultimatum to the govt on media suspension
(23.01.2008) The Media Council of Kenya is asking the Minister for
Information and Communication to withdraw the suspension on live
broadcasts with immediate effect and instead channel any
complaints relating to the professional conduct of the media to
the Council in accordance with the law.
Kenya: Editors issue 24hrs iltumatum to government (23.01.2008) KENYAN Editors under the banner of the increasingly
influential Editors Guild have issued a 24 hour ultimatum to the
government to lift a ban on live coverage that has been in force
since December 29 last year when the disputed Presidential
election results were announced.
Kenya opposition leader calls for power sharing in German
(23.01.2008) Berlin - Kenyan opposition leader Raila Odinga called
Wednesday for a power-sharing government to end the conflict in
the East African country, in an interview with German television.
President Mwai Kibaki could remain in power, while the opposition
put up the prime minister, Odinga told national public broadcaster
Annan urges Kibaki, Raila to embrace dialogue
(23.01.2008) Former UN Secretary General Mr Kofi Annan pleaded for
good faith, and genuine dialogue in search of reconciliation and a
lasting solution to Kenya’s political crisis.
Annan aims to end Kenya vote row
(23.01.2008) Dozens of protesters have set fire to a government
office building in downtown Nairobi, forcing workers to crawl out
windows. The violence came the day former UN chief Kofi Annan
started his effort to try to resolve a deadly dispute over Kenya's
presidential election. Elsewhere, two people were killed in
violence linked to the ethnic tension that has been an element in
the political turmoil.
Annan seeks to end Kenyan killings
(23.01.2008) NAIROBI (AFP) - Former UN chief Kofi Annan was to
start talks with Kenya's feuding political factions Wednesday, as
political strife claimed more lives including a top athlete killed
by a poison arrow....
Annan faces tough challenge reconciling Kenya foes
(23.01.2008) NAIROBI (Reuters) - Former U.N. Secretary-General
Kofi Annan will hold talks with Kenya's feuding parties on
Wednesday to find a rapid solution to a standoff over a disputed
election that erupted into a bloody political crisis.
before chaos, urges group
(23.01.2008) The Government has been asked to prevent causes of
violence instead of reacting to them.
Odinga sets conditions to power sharing in Kenya
(23.01.2008) - Radio Netherlands - Nairobi - Kenyan opposition
leader Raila Odinga says President Mwai Kibaki can stay in office
as long as an opposition candidate becomes prime minister.
Kenya's opposition says it will cancel protests planned for later
(23.01.2008) Radio New Zealand - Kenya's opposition says it will
cancel protests planned for later this week at the request of the
former United Nations chief Kofi Annan.
Of siege politics and how the country can free itself
(23.01.2008) The ongoing political unrest and ethnic violence has
led to what is being referred to as a national ‘crisis’, requiring
urgent resolution through dialogue between the two contending
Ethnic Fighting Escalates in Kenya
(23.01.2008) NAIROBI, Kenya - Renewed ethnic fighting broke out in
Nairobi Sunday where residents said several people hacked to death
with machetes and homes were set ablaze in more violence stemming
from the disputed presidential election.
Maathai says State has failed on security
(23.01.2008) The Government has failed to provide protection for
its citizens and their property in the wake of post-election
violence, Nobel laureate Prof Wangari Maathai said Tuesday.
More than 70,000 to miss Form One places
(23.01.2008) More than 70,000 KCPE candidates in Rift Valley
Province will not get places in secondary schools as parents
express fear of taking their children to schools in troubled areas.
Settle the displaced, say MPs
(23.01.2008) CENTRAL Kenya MPs want the Government to temporarily
resettle those evicted from their homes in Rift Valley Province.
Families defy ‘go home’ orders
(23.01.2008) Families uprooted from their homes have vowed to
resist a decision to close down camps and resettle them in their
homes, even as the Government says the camps are no longer
Clash victims leave camp
(23.01.2008) Over 1,300 displaced people camping at Jamhuri
showground, Nairobi, are expected to vacate on Wednesday. However,
a standoff looms, as 1,000 of them are wary of returning home due
Kibaki 'stole' Kenyan election through vote-rigging and fraud
(23.01.2008) Systematic electoral fraud including vote-rigging in
a third of all constituencies, stuffed ballot boxes and election
officials changing results had a decisive impact on the outcome of
the Kenyan elections, an investigation by The Independent can
Ex-UN chief begins Kenya mission
(23.01.2008) Kofi Annan, the former UN secretary-general, will
hold talks with Kenya's political parties on Wednesday in an
effort to find a solution to weeks of deadlock.
sues Kibaki in The Hague
(23.01.2008) ODM has filed a complaint with the International
Criminal Court in The Hague against President Kibaki and several
key Government officials.
Kenya’s reality check as Annan jets in
(23.01.2008) The Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) and bitter rival
Party of National Unity (PNU) will on Wednesday be presented with
another important chance to take steps that could help return the
country to sanity.
killed as Annan arrives for crisis talks
(23.01.2008) Six people were
killed in a fresh flare-up of violence in Nandi South District
just hours before a team of international mediators arrived in
Nairobi for talks between the Government and the Opposition.
Kenya faces famine threat
(23.01.2008) Kenya faces famine in the next few months if the
political crisis persists. According to the Kenya Food Security
Update report, political unrest coupled with poor rainfall in some
parts of the country had compromised the country’s already weak
food security status....
to file complaint against govt at the Hague
(23.01.2008) The Orange Democratic Movement has announced it will
file a complaint against the Government at the International
Criminal Court (ICC).
Riot police disperse pro-Kibaki protesters
(23.01.2008) Police dispersed pro-government protesters, who had
attempted to march to Uhuru Park. Donning PNU colours and carrying
party posters, the demonstrators were stopped before they could
reach Kenyatta Avenue in the city centre.
Quick act saved student from raiders
(23.01.2008) When friends turned foes and decided to unleash
terror on wananchi perceived to be outsiders in Kipkelion, it took
the ingenuity of a friend in deed to save Veronica Gechengo from
UNHCR relocates Kenyan refugees in Uganda
(23.01.2008) MULANDA, Uganda (UNHCR) - The UN refugee agency on
Wednesday began relocating an estimated 6,500 Kenyan refugees away
from border areas in south-east Uganda to a transit centre some 35
Ogiek defend forests against corporate thief
(22.01.2008) Ogiek forest defenders successfully defended today
the trees of the famous Mau Forest in Kenya. Timsales Ltd., East
Africa's largest timber dealer with companies in Kenya and Uganda,
was stopped today by Ogiek homeland guards to cut trees in
Annan in Kenya on mediation mission
(22.01.2008) Kofi Annan, the former UN secretary-general, has
arrived in the Kenyan capital Nairobi on a mission to mediate
between opposing political parties after a disputed presidential
Decline as Desperate Refugees Seek Meat
(22.01.2008) There are no real winners in Africa’s many tribal and
political conflicts and the list of losers keeps growing.
Search for "night time
spinach" threatens wildlife, local livelihoods
(22.01.2008) Meat hungry refugees are sustaining a thriving
wildlife poaching trade in Tanzania, according to a report by the
wildlife trade monitoring network TRAFFIC.
New Kenya deaths as Annan arrives to mediate
(22.01.2008) NAIROBI (AFP) - Nine people were hacked or burned to
death in new violence linked to Kenya's political crisis on
Tuesday, as former UN secretary general Kofi Annan arrived to
revive mediation efforts.
Now Time to Address Political/Ethnic Fault Lines
(22.02.2008) The post-2007 general election crisis should offer
new lenses through which to diagnose major political fault lines
in the Kenya polity.
Kenyan President asks for PGB Guards
(22.01.2008) The President of Uganda and Former UN Secretary
General Koffi Annan are expected in Kenya today for mediation
Kenya opposition files ICC complaint for crimes against humanity
(22.01.2008) NAIROBI (AFP) - Kenya's opposition has filed a
complaint with the International Criminal Court, charging that the
government committed crimes against humanity in its crackdown on
demonstrations, a spokesman said Tuesday.
Kenya government plans ICC complaint against opposition
(22.01.2008) NAIROBI (Thomson Financial) - The Kenyan government
said it is planning to file a complaint against opposition leaders
to the International Criminal Court over post-election violence, a
Kenya's opposition to take government to international court
(22.01.2008) Nairobi - Kenya's opposition said Tuesday it had
filed a complaint with the International Criminal Court in The
Hague against President Mwai Kibaki, his cabinet and police
officials, accusing them of crimes against humanity during the
Kenyan opposition take government to ICC
(22.01.2008) The Hague - Representatives of Kenya's opposition
have lodged a complaint with the International Criminal Court in
The Hague against the government in Nairobi. Opposition leader
Raila Odinga's party is accusing Kenyan police of crimes against
humanity in crushing recent protests in Nairobi and elsewhere.
Use of violent tactics splits police in Kenya
(22.01.2008) Officers say they were told to burn slum shacks,
shoot live rounds in a bid to suppress protests - NAIROBI - The
police commander poured gasoline down the walls of three slum
shacks and set them alight. At each home, his officers waited
until his back was turned, then doused the flames.
Saitoti Warning On Live Bullets
(22.01.2008) Police are under instructions not to use live bullets
on demonstrators, Internal Security minister George Saitoti said
on Monday. "The police force is not supposed to use live bullets
and those are the instructions within which they are operating. We
simply don't condone the use of live bullets," Prof Saitoti.
Six killed as Kenya gears for Annan mediation
(22.01.2008) NAIROBI (AFP) Six people were killed in fresh tribal
clashes in Kenya, police said Tuesday, as authorities broke up a
pro-government rally ahead of the arrival of former UN chief Kofi
Annan to mediate the deepening crisis.
Annan prepares to try to mediate in Kenya crisis
(22.01.2008) NAIROBI (Reuters) - Former U.N. secretary-general
Kofi Annan was due to arrive in Kenya on Tuesday to try to mediate
in a post-poll crisis that has torn the country in two and
triggered weeks of violence that killed at least 650 people.
Diplomatic spat as Annan jets in for talks
(22.01.2008) A quiet diplomatic furore preceded today’s arrival of
former United Nations chief, Mr Kofi Annan, who is expected to
jumpstart stalled mediation talks.
Rival groups' terms for talks
The Government and ODM have given hints on what they would put on
the table when talks aimed at ending the current political
stalemate start in Nairobi.
retreat, says ODM at service
(22.01.2008) An emotional Mr Raila Odinga flew to his
violence-battered hometown of Kisumu and declared that nothing
would deter Kenyans from their quest for justice.
Kenyan police fire tear gas at Kibaki supporters
(22.01.2008) NAIROBI (Reuters) - Police fired tear gas on Tuesday
to disperse supporters of President Mwai Kibaki before former U.N.
Secretary General Kofi Annan starts mediating in the standoff over
Kenya's election that has caused weeks of unrest.
Moderate Majority Must Defeat Ethnic Hawks
(22.01.2008) Kenya is being held captive by two groups of people.
Those whose primary objective was to rig the presidential
elections - call them the ethnic riggers - and those who inflame
ethnic hatred and cause death, destruction and displacement - call
them the ethnic warriors.
Central Rift Leaders Form Peace Forum
(22.01.2008) Leaders from Central Rift Valley have formed an
initiative aimed at bringing lasting peace to parts of the region
rocked by ethnic strife.
More IDPs arrive at Eldoret camp
(22.01.2008) More than 11,200 internally displaced people (IDPs)
have been registered with more arriving at the Show Ground camp in
Eldoret in Kenya's Rift Valley Province, the area the most
affected by post-election violence in early January.
Police clash with students
(22.01.2008) Police on Monday
dispersed scores of Kenya Polytechnic University College students
who turned up at the Nairobi Campus. The students were supposed to
resume learning yesterday after an earlier circular pushed the
opening day from January 14.
14 more killed in latest round of post-poll attacks
(22.01.2008) Fourteen people were killed in various parts of the
country in fighting linked to the disputed presidential election
result. The killings occurred in Nairobi, Kipkelion, Molo and
Ten houses burnt during protests
(22.01.2008) More than ten houses were set ablaze when arsonists
raided a village in Aldai, Nandi South District. Hell broke loose
when residents of Kabwareng’ and Mokoywo villages accused other
residents of failing to support them in last week’s ODM mass
Tough tactics against protesters cause rift in Kenya's police
(22.01.2008) NAIROBI - The police commander poured gasoline down
the walls of three slum shacks and set them alight. At each home,
his officers waited until his back was turned, then doused the
Residents dump body at police station
(22.01.2008) Hundreds of residents in Molo marched to the local
police station and dumped the body of one of their colleagues whom
they claimed raiders killed in the post-election violence.
African Union condemns rights violations in Kenya
(22.01.2008) THE African Union has condemned what it described as
"gross violations of human rights" in Kenya and called for
Govt summons British envoy
(22.01.2008) The Government is enraged by reports that UK does not
recognise President Kibaki as legitimately elected.
Minister summons UK envoy
(22.01.2008) Foreign Affairs minister Moses Wetang’ula has
summoned British high commissioner Adam Wood over his country’s
stand on the disputed presidential election results.
Kenyan refugees in Uganda
(22.01.2008) UNHCR - together with the Ugandan authorities – is
gearing up to relocate recently-arrived Kenyan refugees away from
the border areas. Starting tomorrow (Wednesday), we plan to move
in the next five days up to 6,000 Kenyan refugees from three
border locations – Malaba, Busia and Lwakhakha – to Mulanda
transit centre some 35 kilometres inside Uganda.
Uganda says its troops not in
Ugandan has denied claims of deploying its troops in Kenya to help
quell post-election violence.
In an advertisement the Ugandan Foreign Affairs ministry says:
“The Government and people of Uganda wish to reassure our brothers
and sisters in Kenya that there is no truth whatsoever in the
allegations that we have deployed troops in Kenya or even engaged
in activities that would endanger the lives of Kenyans.
State defends trade deal with EU
(22.01.2008) The Government has defended the decision to sign a
controversial trade agreement with the European Union that will
open the country to tariff-free products from the rich bloc.
The Kenya Crisis - Now What Next?
(22.01.2008) In the run-up to the 1988 general elections,
President Daniel arap Moi shared with Kenyans his frustration with
his vice-president Mwai Kibaki.
Rapes surge in chaotic Kenya
(22.01.2008) Nairobi - Cases of sexual assault against women have
risen dramatically in Nairobi since the disputed December 27
presidential election broke into violence, says hospital officials.
Bomb At ADC Farm Yet to Be Taken Away
(22.01.2008) Business at the Government-owned Agricultural
Development Corporation branch on the Kenya-Uganda border is still
suspended, a week after a bomb was found.
Museveni gets cold reception ahead of talks
(22.01.2008) President Yoweri Museveni of Uganda received a
hostile reception as he arrived for mediation talks scheduled for
tomorrow. His presence in the conflict-ridden East African country
has attracted mixed reactions from various quarters within Kenya.
Call Off the Mutant Ninja Turtles
(22.01.2008) After the general election of 2002, I honestly never
again expected to feel fear of the kind I had felt until then.
Even as my optimism and belief in the National Rainbow Coalition
began to fall away - in the wake of a dishonoured MoU, the failure
to conclude constitutional reform, a turnaround on addressing
historical injustices and past grand corruption and the
revelations of new grand corruption - whenever asked, I continued
to respond: Yes, things are much better now.
Hungry Tanzania refugees eat chimps and wild game
(22.01.2008) NAIROBI (Reuters) - Hungry refugees in Tanzania are
eating chimpanzees and other endangered species in order to
supplement their meagre diet, international conservation group
Traffic said on Tuesday.
Kenyan Tourism In Turmoil After Disputed Election
(22.01.2008) The chief of Kenya's leading tourism body says
post-election chaos has sparked the worst crisis the country's
travel industry has ever seen, and that hotels and suppliers are
at risk of collapse unless the political impasse ends soon. Nick
Wadhams reports from Nairobi.
Poisoned arrow kills runner
(22.01.2008) Nairobi - Kenyan marathon runner Wesley Ngetich has
been shot and killed by a poisoned arrow, the second international
athlete to die in post-election violence in the east African
Kenyan athletics star killed by poisoned arrow: officials
(22.01.2008) NAIROBI (AFP) - Kenyan marathon runner Wesley Ngetich
has been killed by a poisoned arrow, officials said Tuesday, the
second international athlete to be claimed by post-election chaos
in three weeks.
Kenya violence brings a bloody end to uneasy coexistence among
(22.01.2008) ELDORET, Kenya (AP) - For nearly 40 years, Josphat
Mwangi lived on his farm in western Kenya, a six-acre
(2.5-hectare) plot of rolling earth with a sparkling river in the
Hypocrisy of Imperialist Nations
(22.01.2008) While Kenyans are sad victims of violence and wanton
destruction of property, imperialists are not. Imperialists have
been looking for excuses to bring Kenya down and make her a "beggar"
state once again . They can say "hooray" mainly because of
carefully calibrated series of little plots that have added up to
the mess being witnessed.
Kenyan women urged to wear sacks
(22.01.2008) Two Kenyan women explain why they have taken to
wearing sacks as their own personal protest and why they want
others to join them in doing so.
Marathon Mourns the
Loss of Wesly Ngetich
(21.01.2008) Duluth, Minn. ~ Grandma’s Marathon has suffered a
great loss with the news that two-time men’s champion Wesly
Ngetich was killed today during ongoing violence in Kenya.
Signs in Kenya that killings were planned
(21.01.2008) The International Herald Tribune: KERINGET, Kenya: At
first the violence seemed as spontaneous as it was shocking, with
machete-wielding mobs hacking people to death and burning women
and children alive in a country that was celebrated as one of
Africa's most stable.
Anan's visit brings hope for Kenya
(21.01.2008) Former U.N. Secretary General Kofi Annan due to
arrive in Nairobi Tuesday - NAIROBI, Kenya (CNN) - Kenyan Foreign
Minister Moses Wetang'ula said hopes were high that former U.N.
Secretary General Kofi Annan can start a dialogue to help resolve
Kenya's political crisis. But Wetang'ula pointed out that only
Kenya's courts can decide if President Mwai Kibaki's government is
Kenya protests after UK says Kibaki not recognised
(21.01.2008) The British High Commissioner to Kenya, Mr Adam Wood,
will on Wednesday officially declare whether his Government
recognises President Kibaki as the winner of the disputed General
Election or not.
UK "could reject Kibaki govt"
Suggestions that Britain may not recognise the Kenyan government
have provoked an angry reaction in Nairobi.
Britain yet to recognize Kibaki as President
(21.01.2008) Kenya’s political crisis was a subject of debate in
the House of Commons again, as it emerged that the UK did not
formally recognise the Kibaki Government. The House was told how
Kenya remains tense and unpredictable.
Kenya lashes opposition and summons UK envoy
(21.01.2008) NAIROBI (Reuters) - The Kenyan government condemned
as "sabotage" on Monday a plan by the opposition to widen its
protests against President Mwai Kibaki's re-election to a boycott
of companies linked to his allies.
Uganda: Kibaki Must Share Power
(21.01.2008) Those who thought the Kenyan crisis would quietly
blow over and it would soon be business as usual again have been
No Let-Up in Kenya Violence As Political Crisis Continues, UN
(21.01.2008) Deadly violence continues across parts of Kenya and
the police presence remains heavy, the United Nations reports
today, as the country reels from the crisis sparked by last
month's disputed election.
Protesters Storm Tea Firm Demanding Jobs
(21.01.2008) James Finlay, Kenya's second largest tea investor,
was yesterday grappling with renewed post-election disruptions as
mobs stormed some of its factories in Kericho to protest the
outcome of the December 27 presidential poll.
Kenyan Violence Blocks Local Cargo Trains
(21.01.2008) Trains from Mombasa in Kenya are not coming to Uganda
because a kilometre-long section of the rails was uprooted in
Kibera, a Nairobi suburb, on Friday during the post-election
KENYA: Spreading the word of hate
(21.01.2008) NAIROBI (IRIN) - Inflammatory statements and songs
broadcast on vernacular radio stations and at party rallies, text
messages, emails, posters and leaflets have all contributed to
post-electoral violence in Kenya, according to analysts.
Kenya: excessive police force condemned
(21.01.2008) Amnesty International today condemned the reckless
and excessive use of lethal force by the Kenyan police, as reports
emerged of the killings of at least twelve people - including a
13-year-old boy - by police during protests called by the
opposition Orange Democratic Movement.
Kenya's 'mafia' feel the heat
The plan by Kenya's opposition to boycott companies run by allies
of President Mwai Kibaki in protest at the outcome of last month's
presidential election is an astute political move.
Kenya government turns on
critics, Odinga hailed
NAIROBI (Reuters) - Kenyan President Mwai Kibaki's government went
on the offensive against critics on Monday, condemning opposition
economic boycott plans as "sabotage" and summoning the British
ambassador for a ticking off.
Drums and dancing greet Kenya
KISUMU, Kenya (Reuters) - Fanatical supporters of Kenya's
opposition leader Raila Odinga banged drums, danced and blew
whistles on Monday as the former political prisoner returned to
his western stronghold of Kisumu.
Report: Kenyan vote violence was planned
(21.01.2008) NAIROBI, Kenya - Human rights officials and Kenyan
police said the post-election tribal fighting that has killed more
than 650 people since Dec. 30 was planned and organized.
Grandma's Marathon Champion Killed In Kenya
(21.01.2008) Grandma's Marathon has suffered a great loss as a
two-time men's champion was killed today in Kenya.
116,000 displaced in North Rift region
(21.01.2008) The number of Displaced people in the North Rift
region has shot up to 116,000 people, says the Kenya Red Cross
Society (KRCS). The KRCS North-Rift Regional Manager, Mr Abdi Noor,
said updated data showed that the post-election violence had
claimed 140 lives in the region.
Kenya: ODM unveils new protest plan
(21.01.2008) The opposition has unveiled a new strategy of fresh
street protests consisting in boycotting businesses owned by
president Kibaki`s supporters and weekly mass. Today the ODM is in
Kisumu and Kakamega to begin another round of protests.
Raila told off for remarks on Kalonzo
(21.01.2008) Three Cabinet ministers and an MP have defended the
Vice-President, Mr Kalonzo Musyoka, following attacks by ODM
leader, Mr Raila Odinga.
President faulted on talks’ team composition
(21.01.2008) Some religious leaders in Western Province have
dismissed a 10-member team President Kibaki has appointed for
talks over the political stalemate.
Kenya defends new trade deal with EU
(21.01.2008) NAIROBI (Reuters) - Kenya defended on Monday its
decision to sign a new trade deal with the European Union that
will see the east African nation eventually open its markets to
tariff-free products from the rich bloc.
killed as rivals differ over peace talks
(21.01.2008) Ten more people were killed in different parts of the
country as the Government and ODM continued to differ over the way
forward in the search for a peaceful settlement to the current
political crisis. On Sunday, the Government insisted that the
committee led by Vice President Kalonzo Musyoka would lead peace
negotiations as mandated. And ODM leader Raila Odinga repeated
that his group would not work with the Kalonzo committee.
(21.01.2008) The Orange party leader Mr Raila Odinga spoke of
peace "returning soon" as the Government made an important
concession by allowing today’s mass funeral service in the first
ever sign of softening up. But there was widespread outrage over
the Kalonzo Musyoka-led mediation team, on a day 26 more lives
were violently snuffed out.
Kenya: 15 Killed, Homes Set on Fire as Violence Escalates
(21.01.2008) About 15 people were killed in Kipkelion and Londiani,
bringing to 22 the people who have died in the past two days.
Police shot some of the victims on Saturday night, while others
died in gang attacks.
5,000 police recruits on duty
(21.01.2008) The Government plucked more than 5,000 police
recruits from class to reinforce a force overwhelmed by spiralling
Forty Deaths Reported In Just Five Days As Fresh Ethnic Clashes
Erupt In Kenya
(21.01.2008) Nairobi, Kenya (AHN) - Fresh ethnic clashes erupted
over the weekend killing two overnight in the Mathare slums of
Nairobi where one person was hacked to death and another body was
recovered by the police, bringing to 40 the number of victims in
just five days.
Museveni enters Kenya mediation fray as dark horse – on govt side?
(21.01.2008) The EastAfrican - Two uneasy questions have occupied
minds in East Africa over the past two weeks: One, why was Ugandan
President Yoweri Museveni - who is expected to visit Nairobi this
Tuesday - the first, and so far only East African leader to
congratulate President Mwai Kibaki, even though his victory in the
December 27 poll is being disputed by the opposition and has been
judged irregular by election observers?
Uganda seeks help to feed Kenyan refugees
(21.01.2008) The Uganda government and humanitarian agencies in
the country say their resources are being stretched by the
continued influx of Kenyans fleeing the violence in their country
to the displaced persons camps set up in Uganda’s border districts.
Nakuru town eyes displaced investors
(21.01.2008) Nakuru, the Rift Valley town that has become a haven
for thousands of people displaced, is promoting itself as the
investment destination of choice for businesspeople who have fled
violence in western towns of Kisumu, Kericho and Eldoret.
Raila urges supporters to press on for justice
(21.01.2008) ODM leader, Mr Raila Odinga, says the party will
overcome injustices it has encountered, no matter how long it
takes. The Lang’ata MP said the post-election turmoil was only a
temptation. He urged his supporters not to despair in their quest
Schools still shut over chaos
(21.01.2008) Learning in many schools has not resumed countrywide
for the second week since schools reopened for the new school year.
Kenya: UN Agency Opposes Plan to Close Camps
(21.01.2008) The UN Children's agency, Unicef, Sunday expressed
concerns over Government's plan to close all camps and send the
displaced back to their homes. The Government is expected to close
the camp at Jamhuri Park by 10am Monday and repatriate the
displaced. It is also expected to close other camps across the
country and return the uprooted groups to their homes.
Maathai unhappy with Kibaki team
(21.01.2008) Nobel Peace Laureate, Prof Wangari Maathai, has
dismissed the mediation team led by Vice-President, Mr Kalonzo
Musyoka, saying it will not solve the political impasse.
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