PART 11 - 10th Mar. 2008 until
12. Mar. 2008
FACTS OF THE POST-ELECTION
KENYA OVERVIEW: TROUBLED NATION IN A TROUBLED
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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
Politicians must not
rock the boat
(12.03.2008) A statement by the Head of the Civil Service on the
power-sharing deal rekindled disagreements we thought would not
come so soon after the political pact between President Kibaki and
Prime Minister-designate Raila Odinga.
threatens after Kenyan peace deal
(12.03.2008) President Mwai Kibaki of Kenya and opposition leader
Raila Odinga signed a power-sharing agreement brokered by former
United Nations General Secretary Kofi Annan on February 28. Both
parties to the agreement expressed the hope that it would bring an
end to two months of intertribal violence and state repression
that have claimed at least 1,500 lives.
Probe on polls fiasco
begins this week
(12.03.2008) Kenyans may finally know what happened at the hotly
disputed and discredited December 27 presidential election. An
Independent Review Committee begins inquiry into the election this
week. The team is mandated to investigate all aspects of last
year’s presidential election and make findings and recommendations
to improve the electoral process.
Truth commision to
begin work soon
(12.03.2008) The proposed Truth and Justice Commission could be
gazetted this week, negotiators at the ongoing
National Dialogue and Reconciliation talks
said Tuesday. The PNU and ODM
representatives also announced that they were about to conclude
Agenda IV of the talks. This involves land, legal and
constitutional reforms and is the last item of discussion.
1,000 police officers
(12.03.2008) Close to 1,000 police officers throughout the country
are being transferred from their home districts to other areas,
the Nation has learnt.
Crucial files lost in
(12.03.2008) Mystery surrounds the disappearance of three files
containing vital information on the December 27 General Election.
The files went missing on Monday when a group of activists stormed
into an Electoral Commission of Kenya meeting in Kilifi.
Avoid what will push
us back to the edge
(12.03.2008) After the euphoria that greeted the signing of the
power-sharing accord by President Kibaki and Mr Raila Odinga, it
was hoped that all the tension, suspicion, brinkmanship,
self-serving propaganda and hysteria that had characterised
political relations since December 30 last year would be a thing
of the past.
Challenge to Odinga
role threatens Kenya pact
(12.03.2008) A dispute over the role of the new prime minister is
emerging as a potential obstacle to agreement on a coalition
government in Kenya even before the constitution has been amended
to allow for its formation.
Protests at Muthaura’s
power deal talk
(12.03.2008) ODM Tuesday told party supporters to ignore head of
public service Francis Muthaura’s sentiments on the structure of
the new coalition government. Pentagon member William Ruto said it
was not Mr Muthaura’s business to “try or even attempt to
trivialise the agreement between President Kibaki and Prime
Minister-designate Raila Odinga”.
Muthaura jumped the
(12.03.2008) Francis Muthaura, the head of Public Service and
Secretary to the Cabinet, must have jumped the gun when he spoke
on Monday. When Parliament starts to look at the powers and
functions bestowed on various offices under the proposed coalition
government, his office is unlikely to be spared.
Violence rages despite
heavy security in volatile zone
(12.03.2008) Police vehicles jam a dusty and bumpy path leading to
Rumuruti forest in Laikipia West District in the wake of renewed
wave of violence that has claimed more than 13 lives and left
property worth millions of shillings in ruins.
Military soldiers beat
(12.03.2008) Journalists covering the military operation in Mt
Elgon were beaten, their cameras confiscated and TV footage
deleted. Military officers accosted them in Cheptais as they
alighted from the vehicle to take pictures. Mr Sammy Cheboi, a
reporter with Nation Media Group and Mr Hillary Obinda, a
cameraman, were slapped several times then forced to kneel down.
Eight killed in
(12.03.2008) Eight people were killed Tuesday in a new wave of
ethnic violence in Laikipia West and Narok South districts. This
happened even as hundreds of residents fled their homes in Mount
Elgon to escape a joint police and military operation targeting
militia groups in the area.
inciters, say MPs
(12.03.2008) Eleven PNU MPs have threatened to call mass action if
the Government does not arrest suspected perpetrators of
post-election violence. The MPs from Central Rift Valley, who met
at Parliament Buildings on Tuesday, also warned that they would
mobilise colleagues to shoot down Government Bills until the land
problem in the province was resolved.
Panel to report to AU
on progress of talks
(12.03.2008) The mediation panel leaves for Addis Ababa today to
table a report to the African Union (AU) on the progress of the
reconciliation talks. The panel will also brief the AU on the
implementation of the power sharing deal signed between President
Kibaki and ODM leader, Mr Raila Odinga.
Experts Say Kenya
Reconciliation Will Take Time
(11.03.2008) Kenya's leaders have set national reconciliation as a
major goal after post-electoral violence killed 1,000 people and
displaced hundreds of thousands more. Experts say that healing can
occur fairly quickly for some victims, but reconciliation could
take a long time. Correspondent Scott Bobb was in Kenya recently
and has this report.
Next for Kenya
(11.03.2008) A month ago, as killing, burning and looting swept
through Kenya, the chances of a peaceful solution looked remote,
and many pundits were predicting another Rwanda. Fortunately, the
patience and personality of Kofi Annan, combined with arm-twisting
by the U.S. and Europe, has resulted in a political deal. Now
comes the hard part.
Kenya parliament to
speed peace deal through
(11.03.2008) NAIROBI (Reuters) - Kenya's new parliament sought on
Tuesday to speed up legislation ratifying a fragile power-sharing
deal intended to guarantee the peace after a post-election crisis
that killed more than 1,000 people.
returning to their homes
(11.03.2008) Nearly two weeks after President Kibaki and his
election rival Raila Odinga signed a power-sharing pact that ended
Kenya’s political crisis, thousands of people are still living in
camps unable to return to their homes.
Displacement Continue in Areas Hit By Ethnic Violence
(11.03.2008) Tension was still high on Tuesday in Laikipia West
District, Molo and Mt Elgon districts as the spectre of
inter-ethnic violence refused to go away.
Human Rights Groups
Accuse Kenyan Police of Excessive Force, Killings
(11.03.2008) Kenyans are beginning to come to terms with the
violence that followed the country's 2007 elections in which more
than 1,000 people were killed and as many as 600,000 were
displaced. There are growing calls for investigations into the
extra-judicial killings and other human rights violations that
occurred after Kenyans went to the polls in elections that many
believe were rigged.
Vet Displaced Persons
First, NGOs Ask State
(11.03.2008) Leaders of some Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs)
want the Government to vet internally displaced persons to
establish the bona fide ones before embarking on the proposed
A Block-by-Block Bid
(11.03.2008) As Kenya Erupted, Friends From Warring Tribes Faced
Down Machetes to Restore Order - NAIROBI -- On one of the most
violent days of Kenya's post-election crisis, Joseph Osodo's
neighborhood -- a sprawling maze of lean-to kiosks, rusted metal
roofs and pounded mud paths called Kibera -- had become an ethnic
battleground with clearly drawn lines.
(11.03.2008) Colonialism in full swing and intensity that appears
fresh is back in Kenya without calling it so. With many of its
subjects claiming huge chunks of prime land in Kenya, Britain
seems to believe that its desires should be taken as commands.
We Are Paying to Help,
But Corrupt Kenya Instead
(11.03.2008) Thank you for focusing on the corruption in Kenya
that is encouraged, courtesy of American taxpayers, by the
feckless World Bank ("Kenya and the World Bank," Review & Outlook,
March 6 - see below).
Kenya a popular drug
(11.03.2008) Kenya has become a popular hub for international drug
traffickers operating from the Far East, a new report says. Heroin
is the most trafficked drug through Kenya.
Protest over premier’s
(11.03.2008) A storm is brewing over the powers of the Prime
Minister after the Head of the Civil Service revealed the
structure of the new coalition government Monday. According to Mr
Francis Muthaura, who is also the Secretary to the Cabinet, the
President will retain the powers to appoint the Prime Minister,
Deputy Prime Ministers and Cabinet ministers under the
power-sharing agreement brokered by Mr Kofi Annan.
Is this about 'jobs
for the boys' or national healing?
(11.03.2008) I AM AFRAID THOSE FEARS expressed in this column a
month ago – more than two weeks before that climactic moment when
President Kibaki and Mr Raila Odinga signed their agreement on the
steps of Harambee House – are being borne out.
Deal: Govt in reverse
(11.03.2008) The Government appeared to engage reverse gear that
could take momentum off a speedy enactment of the National Accord
and Reconciliation Bill 2008, even as MPs prepared to discuss the
landmark peace deal tomorrow.
Ultimatum in Raila
(11.03.2008) The High Court has given Prime Minister-designate, Mr
Raila Odinga, three days to file a response to claims made by a
rival in an election petition. High Court Judge, Justice Alnashir
Visram, said this would enable him hear an application seeking to
strike out Mr Stanley Livondo’s case without delay.
Official: PM to work
(11.03.2008) President Kibaki will remain the Head of State and
Government in the new power-sharing arrangement, the Government
said. Head of Civil Service, Mr Francis Muthaura, on Monday
clarified that the President would appoint the Vice-President,
Prime Minister and his deputies, and the Cabinet subject to the
terms of the February 28 accord between him and ODM leader, Mr
ECK given marching
(11.03.2008) A group of activists stormed an Electoral Commission
of Kenya meeting Monday and demanded that the commissioners resign
in seven days. The activists threatened to mobilise the public to
evict the 22 commissioners from office unless they stepped down.
Activists storm ECK
(11.03.2008) Civil society activists stormed an Electoral
Commission of Kenya (ECK) meeting and held the chairman, Mr Samuel
Kivuitu, and his staff hostage. The activists, under the umbrella
of National Civil Society Congress (NCSC), stormed ECK’s
conference at Sun n Sand Beach Resort in the North Coast on Monday
and demanded that the hotel management evict the commissioners.
ECK Hands Over Ballots
to Court for Hearing
(11.03.2008) The ECK Monday moved to beat the deadline issued by
an election court to surrender election materials for Kirinyaga
Central constituency to the High Court pending the hearing of a
Kivuitu vows to stay
(11.03.2008) Electoral Commission of Kenya ECK Chairman Samuel
Kivuitu has vowed to stay put as the chair of the commission
despite mounting pressure from various quarters to have the
Interpol's Help in Nakitare Hunt, but he is still within
(11.03.2008) Police in Kitale want Interpol to help in the manhunt
of former Saboti MP Davis Nakitare who is said to have fled the
Poll chaos threat to
survival of key water source
(11.03.2008) Hundreds of
families have illegally invaded Mau Forest, posing grave danger to
the environment and wildlife. Conflicts do not just destabilise
human lives. The environment also suffers when mobs take advantage
of a breakdown in law and order to invade forests and plunder
other natural resources.
Hundreds flee and
several dead in Kenya army offensive
(11.03.2008) CHEPTAIS, Kenya (Reuters) - Hundreds of Kenyans fled
the remote Mount Elgon region on Tuesday and several people have
been killed as army helicopters attacked a small rebel militia for
the second day, witnesses and a legislator said.
Army Fights Rebels in
(11.03.2008) HUNDREDS of Kenyans have crossed into Uganda fleeing
heavy fighting in the Mt. Elgon area, where the Kenya Airforce is
battling rebel militiamen armed with modern and archaic weapons.
Army, GSU launch air
and land operation in Mt Elgon
(11.03.2008) A combined operation of the Army and paramilitary
police swooped on villages in Mt Elgon District at dawn as scared
residents of all ages scampered for dear life. In what is being
billed as the biggest operation in the country since the Shifta
wars of the 1960s, the no-nonsense officers attacked from the air
and on the ground.
Kenya army launches
crackdown on tribal militia
(11.03.2008) NAIROBI (AFP) - The Kenyan army has launched a
massive crackdown on a tribal militia in western Kenya that has
killed hundreds of people in recent months, officials said Monday.
Rift Valley provincial chief Hassan Noor Hassan and the region's
police commander announced a dusk-to-dawn curfew in the Mount
Elgon region as the army hunted down the rag-tag Sabaot Land
Defence Force (SLDF) militia.
Fear grips residents
as army mounts air attacks
(11.03.2008) The Government has mounted the strongest offensive
against the Sabaot Land Defence Force (SLDF) militia. After a
four-month mobilisation, according to security sources, the army,
General Service Unit and paramilitary police officers landed in Mt
Elgon on Sunday night.
Now Army joins war on
(11.03.2008) Soldiers have been deployed in Mount Elgon and Trans
Nzoia districts to flush out militiamen causing mayhem in the area.
They arrived in the districts on Sunday and will conduct
MPs accuse police of
(11.03.2008) A group of MPs allied to the government are accusing
the police force of selective justice in dealing with perpetrators
of post election violence. The MPs have now vowed to resort to
mass action if the law is not applied fairly.
Tourism faces Sh70bn
(11.03.2008) Local tourism operators are predicting a Sh70 billion
loss in sales as the high season, normally between December and
April, comes to a close. Mombasa and Coast Tourist Association (MCTA)
chairman, Mr Kuldip Sondhi, said in Mombasa that the fragile
sector has suffered heavy losses from which it will be hard to
recover in subsequent seasons.
Fall in revenue stalls
(11.03.2008) Kenya Wildlife Service is finding it difficult to
carry out conservation projects planned for this year following a
sharp decline in revenue collection. “Our wildlife is now at risk.
If tourists don’t come to visit our game parks and national parks,
we shall not have anything with which to protect these animals,”
the KWS communication manager, Mr Paul Udoto, said Monday.
electoral body meeting
(10.03.2008) An Electoral Commission of Kenya (ECK) meeting was
disrupted Monday when members of the civil society stormed the
venue to demand the immediate resignation of its embattled
chairperson Samuel Kivuitu and his 22 subordinates.
conflict or compromise?
(10.03.2008) Kenya's parliament is preparing to usher in a
power-sharing agreement, brokered to bring to an end to months of
ethnic violence sparked by December's disputed election.
Row flares over Kenya
coalition on eve of debate
(10.03.2008) NAIROBI (Reuters) - Kenya's fragile power-sharing
deal to end a bloody post-election crisis suffered a setback on
Monday as a row broke out over the role of prime minister in the
proposed coalition government.
Row over Muthaura
statement on deal
(10.03.2008) A fresh row erupted on Monday over the power sharing
agreement signed by President Kibaki and ODM leader Raila Odinga
just a day before parliament begins debate on the bills seeking to
legalize the agreement.
Muthaura defines roles
in new coalition administration
(10.03.2008) The Government has moved to define the powers of the
President, Vice President and Prime Minister in the new coalition
administration. The Head of Civil Service Francis Muthaura made
the announcements this afternoon.
Kenya: public service
not to get power sharing
(10.03.2008) The recently- signed, power-sharing deal between the
government and opposition does not affect senior positions in the
civil service, the judiciary and state corporations, Kenya’s head
of civil service and secretary to the cabinet, Mr. Francis
Muthaura, said Monday.
deploys army to flush out militia group
note: AngolaPress seems to have mixed up something here, since 500
deaths in skirmishes between Gikuyu and Turkana in the past one
week can not be confirmed) Nairobi, Kenya, - A
contingent of 1,000 military personnel has been dispatched to
quell insurgency in Eastern Kenya where a militia group calling
itself Sabaot Land Defence Force (SLDF) is said to be committing
atrocities, the Kenya Television Network (KTN) reported in Nairobi
First Zimbabwe, now
Uganda - soon Kenya?
(10.03.2008) British land-laws and anglican-law-based
constitutions created havoc everywhere the British set foot in
Africa - Britain to Help Tenants Pay Off Landlords - UGANDA and
Britain have agreed to establish a fund to enable tenants buy land
Tribalism Here, and
(10.03.2008) NAIROBI, Kenya - The joke going around here, after a
rigged vote, is that it may be easier to elect a Luo president in
the United States than in Kenya. “We beat them to it, I just
wasn’t sworn in,” Raila Odinga, the opposition leader and a member
of the large Luo ethnic group, told me. “Obama, if elected, would
have been second, but I was robbed at the ballot box.”
Authority Battle for Mt Elgon Forest
(10.03.2008) FOR 32-year-old Andrew Namasoko, staring death in the
face is an everyday experience. A chill goes down his spine
whenever he recalls that fateful day in October last year, when
Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA) guards confronted three of them
for allegedly killing two young antelopes in Kapchorwa-Bugimotwa
village of Mt. Elgon forest.
The tree of peace
needs the rain of ethnic harmony
(10.03.2008) IF THERE’S ONE LESSON I LEARNT during my days in
detention, it was that when hopes fail, it is safer to err on the
side of caution than euphoric optimism. Then when wishes don’t
happen, I don’t suffer heart failure.
Kenyans drink deep at
the well of amnesia
(10.03.2008) President Kibaki opening Kenya’s Tenth Parliament:
“Please succeed. Please forget the history of what has happened.”
Victory, peace, stability, goodwill, unity, good faith, integrity,
courage - he used all these words and more. They were like warm
little blankets tossed over sleeping babies.
Why the instability in
Somalia should be concern for Kenya
(10.03.2008) Last week’s US military strikes on a Somalia town
close to the Kenya border have worked to once again spotlight how
hardships in Somalia continue to affect Kenya.
21 die in dispute over
(10.03.2008) CLASHES over a border dispute have left 21 people
dead in the past two months in north-western Kenya, officials say.
The incidents exemplify one of the key causes of ethnic violence
that paralysed the East African nation for nearly two months
following disputed elections.
165 children defiled
monthly, says police report
(10.03.2008) Sex pests are on the prowl and are mostly targeting
children. As other crimes decrease, police say defilement
incidents rose by 37 per cent last year. Despite the enactment of
the Sexual Offences Act two years ago, the 2007 police crime
statistics show 165 children were defiled every month, which
translates to six minors daily.
Thousands flee from
Kenyan army operation
(10.03.2008) Tens of thousands of people are fleeing their homes
in western Kenya following an army operation targeting members of
a group linked to clashes over land, a Red Cross official says.
Army Cracks Down in W.
(10.03.2008) KITALE, Kenya (AP) - Officials in western Kenya
say the army is using heavy firepower to crack down on a group
linked to bloody land clashes. Defense Department spokesman Bogita
Ongeri declined to give details, saying only troops were in the
area to assist local officials.
How to end the Mt
(10.03.2008) The land clashes in Mt Elgon
District continue to hurt weak, innocent
children and women. The quickest and the most sustainable way to
end this problem is to bring the warring clans and factions to a
round table talk to arrive at an amicable solution.
Kenya security forces
attack land clash area
(10.08.2008) ELDORET, Kenya (Reuters) - Kenyan military
helicopters fired at targets in the Mount Elgon region on Monday
to flush out gunmen suspected of killing at least 12 people in the
latest land dispute.
Army offensive on
(10.03.2008) Kenya's army has launched a huge military operation
targeting a militia which has killed some 500 people in a land
dispute over the past 18 months. The army is using heavy artillery,
hundreds of troops and helicopter gunships, in the Mount Elgon
forests near the border with Uganda.
A grand coalition was
the right solution
(10.03.2008) Q and A: In November 2005, the major parties in
Germany - The Christian Democrats, Christian Social Union and
Social Democrats - formed a grand coalition after no party won
enough seats to govern in the September elections. WALTER LINDNER,
German ambassador to Kenya, last week shared the experiences of
his country's grand coalition with Special Correspondent FRED
US Congress: Bush
strategy in Somalia is failing
(10.03.2008) The Bush administration has been faulted for failing
to stabilise Somalia after a March 3 American missile strike on
the horn of Africa country, a congress report says.
Where was the EAC when
the region's head was being cut off?
(10.03.2008) At the signing of the power-sharing pact between
President Mwai Kibaki and ODM leader Raila Odinga two weeks ago,
both leaders thanked the international figures who had helped make
the deal possible.
Get to the root of Mt
(10.03.2008) THE KILLING of more than 10 people at the outskirts
of Kitale by a gang which is claimed to be Sabaot Land Defence
Force is chilling coming as it does at a time when the country is
Child-soldiers in the
(10.03.2008) FRANCIS AYIEKO writes that
counsellors are worried that children
below 18 are becoming loyal to militia leaders - such as
those of the proscribed Mungiki and Taliban - which are
flourishing in the guise of self defence.
Women have set their
minds on promoting peace
(10.03.2008) Guns may be fired, machetes may be wielded and manly
egos may fly from one corner of the earth to the other but when it
is time for the woman’s heart to act, the world will be forced to
Chief Kadhi issues
warning to Muslims
(10.03.2008) Muslims have been warned
against using Mosques to make
inflammatory announcements based on rumours. Chief Kadhi Sheikh
Hamad Kassim at the weekend told clerics to be responsible
concerning information passed to the public because, if inaccurate,
it could cause unnecessary panic and lead to violence.
Two killed in fresh
(10.03.2008) Two more people were at the
weekend killed in renewed fighting
between two rival communities in Marsabit. The deaths bring to
five the number of victims since the fighting started on Thursday.
Kivuitu's team under
fresh pressure to quit
(10.03.2008) The Electoral Commission of Kenya came under sharp
focus Sunday with leaders saying the team led by Mr Samuel Kivuitu
must be disbanded before investigations into election
irregularities begin this week.
Poll chaos: Killers to
(10.03.2008) The days of people who killed others and destroyed
property during the post-election violence are numbered, Attorney
General Amos Wako has warned.
Kibaki told to
(10.03.2008) ODM Pentagon member Mrs Charity Ngilu and Hamisi MP
Mr George Khaniri have asked President Kibaki to dissolve the
Cabinet. Ngilu and Khaniri said the move would pave way for
reconstituting of the Cabinet in accordance with the guidelines in
the new power-sharing deal.
Military to quell
clashes in Mt Elgon
(10.03.2008) Eldoret Airstrip was turned
into a military base after hundreds of
officers landed in preparation of today’s operation in Mt
Elgon District. Hundreds of residents jammed the Eldoret-Iten road
to witness the mobilisation of troops, most of them from Gilgil.
Women oppose police
search in Mt Elgon
(10.03.2008) Women from Mt Elgon have expressed concern over the
impending security operation to flush out Sabaot Land
Defence Force (SLDF) militia. The women
said innocent people, including women and children,
were harassed and sometimes killed in such operations.
Envoy says US travel
advisories to remain
(10.03.2008) The US travel advisories on Kenya still stand. US
Ambassador, Mr Michael Ranneberger, said the US
Government was yet to review the
advisories despite the signing of a political
deal between President Kibaki and ODM leader, Mr Raila Odinga.
Laikipia death toll
hits 19 in four days
(10.03.2008) About ten houses were torched as violence continued
in Laikipia West District for the fourth day. At the same time,
the death toll in the clash hit areas of Mutamaiyo, Gatundia, Ol
Munyu, among others stood at 19 by Sunday, according to former
area councillor, Mr Munyiri Mutitu.
Karua: No amnesty for
those who broke law
(10.03.2008) Cabinet minister, Ms Martha Karua, has ruled out
giving amnesty to perpetrators of post-election violence. At the
same time, the minister said the newfound political agreement did
not take away President Kibaki’s power to chair the Cabinet.
Police arrest five in
Eldoret church arson
(10.08.23008) Police have arrested five suspects in connection
with the Kiambaa killings where a church in Eldoret was burnt by
rowdy youth during the post-poll clashes.
12 killed in western
(10.03.2008) Mt Elgon - A Kenyan worker for the International Red
Cross reports that 30,000 people in western Kenya have fled an
outbreak of violence there. In the past few days, at least twelve
people have been killed in the Mount Elgon region.
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