PART 4 - 29th Jan.
2008 until 04. Feb. 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
THE KENYAN CRISIS
(04.02.2008) YES, KIBAKI AND RAILA SHOULD BE HELD ACCOUNTABLE.
However, I would like to share with you my reminiscences on the
Kenya crisis. Here we go: “WHY DON’T YOU GO AFTER THE BIG MAN?”...
High Food Prices As
Shortage Triggers Inflation
(04.02.2008) Low supply of foodstuffs has led to an increase in
the prices of cabbage, carrots, onions,potatoes and tomatoes.
Police Meet Over Crime
(04.02.2008) Top police commanders in Nairobi were on Sunday holed
up in a daylong meeting to discuss trends of crime in the
Lovers of Justice Show
(04.02.2008) Justice is a condition of the ideal state of humanity,
a morally correct state of things/persons or the quality of being
right and fair.
Two Journalists Shot
While Covering Riots, Another Assaulted And Her Camera Taken,
Several Others Threatened With Death (04.02.2008) The
International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) today called on the
Kenyan government to launch an immediate investigation into a wave
of death threats against journalists after at least 8 senior
journalists were targeted by a group accusing them of creating
rifts in the country...
South African mediator
bows out of Kenya crisis talks
(04.02.2008) NAIROBI (AFP) - A bid by South Africa's chief
apartheid-era negotiator to help broker crisis talks in Kenya
failed on Monday as thousands of terrified families continued to
flee attacks in the Rift Valley.
Rule by fear or rule
(04.02.2008) Since 9/11, and seemingly without the notice of most
Americans, the federal government has assumed the authority to
institute martial law, arrest a wide swath of dissidents (citizen
and noncitizen alike), and detain people without legal or
constitutional recourse in the event of "an emergency influx of
immigrants in the U.S., or to support the rapid development of new
Did Kufuor Fail
(04.02.2008) The AU today is probably very different from what Dr
Nkrumah and others thought about. The population has increase
astronomically, new diseases are plaguing our people and resources
are dwindling. However, the aims and objectives remain pretty the
same but the achievements and progress has become is difficult to
sovereign ratings cut to 'B' - S&P
(04.02.2008) MUMBAI (Thomson Financial) - Standard & Poor's
Ratings Services said it lowered its long-term sovereign ratings
on Kenya to 'B' from 'B+', and removed them from negative watch.
The outlook on the rating is negative.
First lady dismisses
(04.02.2008) The government has refuted the allegations made by
the Member of Parliament for Imenti Central, Gitobu Imanyara that
he was assaulted by the First Lady, H.E. Mrs. Lucy Kibaki three
Kenya unrest stalls
rail traffic with Uganda
(04.02.2008) NAIROBI (Reuters) - A private consortium managing the
railway line between Kenya and Uganda said on Monday Kenya's
post-election unrest had paralysed traffic, severing landlocked
Uganda's trade lifeline to the port of Mombasa.
Kenya legislator says
first lady assaulted him
(04.02.2008) NAIROBI (Reuters) - A Kenyan legislator accused First
Lady Lucy Kibaki of physically assaulting him at a meeting at the
official State House residence three weeks ago and said he planned
to sue her.
Arrested Following Spate of Robberies
(04.02.2008) Police in Baringo have arrested a man they claim had
been posing as an Administration Police officer. Area divisional
police boss Peter Njenga said a G3 rifle, 20 rounds of ammunition
and AP's uniform were recovered from the suspect.
(04.02.2008) The Kenyan government and governing party has
rejected South Africa tycoon Cyril Ramaphosa who was brought in by
Kofi Annan as an alternate chief chair in the Kenya National
Annan crushed by
Ramaphosa's withdrawal from Kenya
(04.02.2008) Former UN Secretary General Kofi Annan is bitterly
disappointed by the withdrawal of negotiator Cyril Ramaphosa in
the Kenyan mediation talks. This follows government reservations
over his role as key negotiator. Ramaphosa would not continue,
without the full confidence and support, of all parties.
O'Shea calls for
deployment of UN troops in Kenya
(04.02.2008) GOAL chief executive John O'Shea is calling for the
deployment of UN peacekeepers to halt ethnic violence in Kenya.
Almost 1,000 people have been killed over the past month during
ethnic attacks triggered by the re-election of President Mwai
Kibaki following a disputed vote.
Tribal hatred claims
its first online casualty
(04.02.2008) When conflicts erupted in Kenya after the elections,
many fingers pointed at the newspapers and radio as the sources of
hatred and fanning the fires of tribal hatred that have been lit
over time. None focussed much on blogs and online forums.
Intellectuals fail in
times of crisis
(04.02.2008) What is the role of the intellectual in times of
crisis? Do ideas make any difference in the management of public
affairs? Can the imperative to act to change things be reconciled
to moral demands?
Failed Kenyans - Kagame
(04.02.2008) President Paul
Kagame on Monday said the ongoing post election chaos in Kenya
have become difficult to deal with because the institutions
supposed to do just that have either "failed, are not there or
have been compromised", RNA reports.
Agony in camps as MPs
appeal for peace
(04.02.2008) About 300,000 Kenyans are still sheltering in at
least 44 makeshift camps one month after the disputed presidential
election results sparked violence and riots in across the country.
South African mediator
bows out of Kenya crisis talks
(04.02.2008) NAIROBI (AFP) - A bid by South Africa's top
apartheid-era negotiator to help broker crisis talks in Kenya
failed on Monday after the government accused him of being biased
in favour of the opposition.
As Kenya descends into
anarchy, there's no sign of an end of the tribal bloodshed
(04.02.2008) Once the jewel of post-colonial Africa, Kenya boasted
a thriving economy and was among the world's leading luxury
holiday destinations. Nowit's in meltdown with democracy in ruins
and more than 1,000 dead in barbaric clashes.
Officials grapple with
implications of sending IDPs "home"
(04.02.2008) NAIROBI (IRIN) - UN and Red Cross officials briefed
negotiators from Kenya's political parties meeting on 4 February
as part of a dialogue aimed at resolving the political crisis.
Envoys Plead for Peace
(04.02.2008) Diplomats have appealed for calm as mediation talks
are on going. Speaking in Naivasha while on a tour of camps
hosting displaced people, they said it would take long for the
economy to recover from the effects of the crisis.
Fragile path of Kenya
(04.02.2008) After the first few days of talks intended to find a
solution to the Kenyan election crisis, the impressions emanating
from the room where the Kenyan government and the opposition have
been negotiating were generally quite favourable.
Kenya lifts ban on live
(04.02.2008) The Kenyan government on Monday lifted a ban on live
broadcasts imposed over a month ago as violence erupted over the
outcome of a hotly contested presidential election, the
Information Ministry said.
Annan urges Kenya to
form truth, reconciliation body
(04.02.2008) NAIROBI (Reuters) - Former U.N. Secretary-General
Kofi Annan on Monday called on Kenya to set up a truth and
reconciliation commission to help heal divisions after more than a
month of politically-motivated ethnic unrest.
Kenya lifts ban on live
(04.02.2008) NAIROBI (Reuters) - Kenya's government on Monday
lifted a ban on live broadcasting imposed after President Mwai
Kibaki's disputed Dec. 27 re-election in what it said at the time
was an effort to prevent the incitement of violence.
Leaders Call for
Saitoti's Sacking Over Ineffectiveness
(04.02.2008) Two MPs have called for the sacking of Internal
Security minister, Prof George Saitoti. Two MPs said Saitoti had
proved to be an ineffective minister to be entrusted with the
critical Internal Security docket.
Kenyan school for
homeless children torched, teachers attacked, in postelection
turmoil (04.02.2008) SUGOI, Kenya - They survived
life on the streets, drug use and beatings before finding refuge
at a children's home in western Kenya.
Kenya domestic tourism
hit hardest, Kenya Airways recommends staff to take leave
(04.02.2008) NAIROBI, Kenya (eTN) - The absence of sufficient
foreign tourist visitors in Kenya, needed to maintain the tourism
industry’s occupancy figures, is being compounded by the collapse
of the domestic tourism segment.
(04.02.2008) NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) - Kenyan officials said Monday
that security had improved enough to lift a monthlong ban on live
television broadcasts that officials had feared could stoke more
Don't Give in to
Climate of Fear
(04.02.2008) Lives have been lost and continue to be lost. Women
have been raped - many of whom find themselves now forced into
transactional sex to obtain basic goods and services within the
internally displaced camps all over the country.
Kenya rivals return to
talks but mediator pulls out
(04.02.2008) NAIROBI (Reuters) - Former U.N. chief Kofi Annan said
Kenya's feuding politicians had agreed a roadmap on Monday to end
more than a month of bloodshed, but his efforts to heal deep
ethnic divisions hit a setback as a top mediator quit.
Why Kenya is burning
(04.02.2008) The solution for Kenya lies in an inclusive
government of national unity comprising Kenyans who care for their
country and who are willing to be held accountable for their
(04.02.2008) In the spiraling tribal violence, the moderates who
are its best hope for the future are the first to die. Melitus
Mugabe Were was a rarity among Kenyan politicians, a moderate who
straddled the divides rending the country. A freshman lawmaker in
parliament, he was a man who could have mediated between
extremists in both the ruling party and the opposition, those who
are fueling the violence that has left about 800 people dead in
the past month and wrecked the infrastructure that turned Kenya
into one of Africa's most promising and prosperous democracies.
Peace talks resume to
end violence in Kenya after opposition calls for international
troops (04.02.2008) BONDO, Kenya: Kenya's opposing political
forces resumed peace talks Monday, in a push to end weeks of
violence that has wracked this East African country once
considered one of the most stable on the continent.
Ogiek killed like
rabbits by rampant militia in Kenya
(04.02.2008) Realizing that the Ogiek had fled the area around
Chepyuk and took refuge at Teldet and Chepkitale, the Sabaot Land
Defense Force (SLDF), Kenya's most dangerous and notorious, at
least 1000 men strong armed militia, has now taken advantage of
the lawlessness and the commitments of the police elsewhere to
hunt and kill the Ogiek like rabbits.
Speed up talks, Kalembe
tells Annan team
(04.02.2008) Former Kibwezi MP, Mr Kalembe Ndile, wants former UN
Secretary-General, Mr Kofi Annan, to speed up the mediation talks.
Ndile said Annan should give a verdict that would restore peace
instead of spending more time listening to MPs from both parties.
Hopes and fears as talks enter
Kenyans face the moment of truth this week when the Kofi Annan-led
mediation talks enter the most crucial stage, even as Opposition
leader Mr Raila Odinga called for foreign peacekeepers.
Firms face test of
boosting ethnic diversity
(04.02.2008) “We cannot divorce ourselves from is happening in the
community, since it is from these communities that we seek the
talent.” February 04, 2008: Human Resource managers are facing a
tough time following the outbreak of violence in parts of the
country - and the task ahead is arduous.
Museveni censured over
(04.02.2008) Uganda’s opposition leaders have tasked President
Yoweri Museveni to respond to persistent accusations about the
country’s military involvement in the raging unrest in Kenya.
Kalonzo Defends Joining
(03.02.2008) Vice-President Kalonzo Musyoka has defended
ODM-Kenya's decision to join the Party of National Unity (PNU). "It
was a strategic decision in the best interest of the party," said
Kalonzo. He said his decision did not mean that the General
Election was flawless.
Country Learnt Vote
Rigging From Nigeria - Watchdog
(03.02.2008) Washington's failure to condemn the rigging of
Nigeria's election a year ago left the impression in Nairobi that
vote fraud would be tolerated, a leading human rights group
charged on Friday.
Land And Inequalities
Cause of Unrest, Say Imams
(03.02.2008) Land is at the centre of the current crisis, the
Council of Imams and Preachers of Kenya (CIPK) has said. In an
open letter to the former UN Secretary General Mr Kofi Annan, CIPK
Secretary General, Sheikh Mohammed Dor, said the former regimes
are to blame for contributing to the current crisis.
We Must Give Land
(03.02.2008) The importance of land in our social and economic
development, peace and security, cannot be gainsaid. Therefore, a
suitable land policy framework as a basis for securing land rights
to improve livelihoods and facilitate sustainable economic
development remains a priority for Kenya, eastern Africa and the
Fear and hope aplenty
on Kenya's streets
(03.02.2008) The feeling on the ground in the Kenyan capital
Nairobi following the outbreak of political and ethnic violence is
one of fear, but overshadowing fear is hope, writes Michael Appel.
African Chiefs Can Save
Country If They Want to
(03.02.2008) Kenya is on fire. What was thought to be 'pockets of
violence' as the Kenya government spokesperson once put it seems
to have mutated into a wild fire devouring the country from
Western to Naivasha, 45 minutes away from Nairobi.
Villagers flee police
(03.02.2008) Nairobi - Thousands of villagers fled a police
crackdown in western Kenya, police said Sunday, a day after dozens
were killed in fresh violence that threatened hopes for an accord
by political rivals to make efforts to end weeks of violence.
ODM cannot challenge
Kibaki's election in court
(03.02.2008) ODM can no longer challenge the election of Mr Kibaki
as President through an election petition in court because the
28-day period within which an election petition should be filed in
court has elapsed.
suggests Army takeover for Kenya
(03.02.2008) The President of Rwanda, Paul Kagame, whose country
suffered a genocide in 1994, said an intervention by the military
may be the only way to halt Kenya’s escalating ethnic bloodshed.
Firms Pull Out of Sh70m
(03.02.2008) GREAT NEWS: Corporate Mafia Pulls Out of GM Project -
Let the few corporate NGOs cry over loss of their
industry-sponsorship, but sleeping with the enemy never has been
beneficial for the people. - Monsato and Syngenta have apparently
pulled out of an ambitious, Sh70 million (US$10-million)
agricultural project because it does not emphasise or recognise
the significant contribution of modern biotechnology in
agricultural development and poverty reduction.
Kenya violence: 'We
waited, now we'll chop them to bits'
(03.02.2008) THE tragedy of
Kenya’s violence was etched on the face of James Kamau, a softly
spoken 43-year-old biology teacher, as he steeled himself to
search Nakuru city mortuary for his murdered brother-in-law this
Kenyan peace deal in
jeopardy after one day
(03.02.2008) A day-old peace deal for Kenya appeared to be in
jeopardy after President Mwai Kibaki blamed his opposition rivals
for hundreds of deaths since his disputed re-election.
Kenya opposition calls
(03.02.2008) Kenya's opposition leader has called for
international peacekeepers to help restore calm in a country once
considered one of the most stable on the continent, as weeks of
violence linked to the disputed presidential election gathered
Kenya opposition leader
calls for foreign peacekeepers
(03.02.2008) BONDO, Kenya (AFP) - Kenyan opposition leader Raila
Odinga on Sunday called for the deployment of foreign peacekeepers
to stem the country's escalating violence, saying security forces
were not partial in crackdowns.
Wave of anarchy blamed
on Kenya's 'General Coward'
(03.02.2008) As the post-election death toll nears 1,000 and towns
go up in flames, more Kenyans are saying the 'holy' President and
his elite advisers are to blame. Mount Kenya rises in the
distance, its glaciers reflecting the sharp morning light. Tea
bushes cover the slopes around the huge estate, with its high
walls and three separate entrances, one manned by heavily armed
Kenya Opposition Wants
(03.02.2008) BONDO, Kenya (AP) - Kenya's opposition leader on
Sunday called for international peacekeepers to help restore calm
in a country once considered one of the most stable on the
continent, as weeks of violence linked to the disputed
presidential election gathered frightening momentum.
No return to era of
(03.02.2008) THE MURDER OF TWO MEMBERS OF PARLIAMENT in a span of
three days has raised questions about whether Kenya has really
outgrown the culture of assassinations that were a common feature
of political life from Independence till the early 1990s?
Kenya should come out
of denial and do everything by tribe only
(03.02.2008) A few hundreds of years ago, when syphilis was busy
eating away at the Europeans, each nation was blaming it on its
neighbours. The British angrily called it the French disease
because, after all, the French were supposed to be more
permissive. The French in retaliation called it the English
Coping with violent
(03.02.2008) Kenya was an example of socioeconomic progress at
work: despite the current conflict, that advance must continue.
Gunshots as police
battle youths in Sotik
(03.02.2008) Fighting raged along the Sotik-Borabu districts
border Saturday as unconfirmed reports indicated that at least 10
people have been killed in tribal attacks. Fighting went on from
Friday night to yesterday morning. Gunshots rent the air yesterday
morning as police battled the marauding youths.
Protect activists, says
(03.02.2008) Amnesty international wants President Kibaki and
Attorney General Amos Wako directly petitioned over threats made
to a number of leading human rights campaigners in the country.
Raiders kill man in Mau
(03.02.2008) While the mediation process seems to be taking root,
the suffering and killings of people continued around the country.
In Mau Narok, one person died and another was seriously injured in
fresh flare up of violence.
Is the AU a club for
dictators in Africa?
(03.02.2008) At the end of the African Union summit in Addis Ababa
on Saturday, the continental body’s new chairman, Tanzanian
President Jakaya Kikwete, issued a statement attacking Chadian
rebels who were advancing on the presidential palace in N’Djamena
to oust President Idriss Deby. Kikwete said the AU will not accept
the mutineers because of the undemocratic way they were seeking
power, and pledged to suspend Chad from the union if the rebels
prevailed over loyal forces. ---> At the same summit, Kenya’s Mwai
Kibaki delivered a statement that was condemned by the opposition
ODM that accuses him of stealing last month’s elections, for
undermining peace talks in Nairobi between the party and Kibaki’s
side. Kibaki had reassured the meeting of Kenya’s security
situation and blamed the Opposition and unnamed foreign
governments of instigating violence....
Gangs clash ahead of talks to
end Kenya crisis
CHEBILAT, Kenya (Reuters) - Gangs of youths from rival ethnic
groups armed with clubs, bows and machetes clashed in Kenya's Rift
Valley on Sunday, shouting war cries, firing salvos of arrows and
pelting each other with rocks.
Kenya violence kills 13 ahead of
peace talks: police
(03.02.2008) NAIROBI (AFP) - Clashes in western Kenya left 13 people dead,
police said Sunday, taking the weekend death toll to 70 ahead of
talks on a roadmap for peace more than a month after disputed
The sorry state of the
(03.02.2008) After more than a month of political stand-off and
persistent violence, the economy is spiraling to a halt. No one
has been spared. Handcart pushers and hawkers, neighbourhood
shopkeepers and multi-nationals are affected. So are real estate
tycoons, hotels, farmers, airlines, and players in rail and road
Kenya will be free once Kibaki
and Raila free their ‘hostages’
The December election triggered a political earthquake that shook
the very fabric of State. The aftershocks are still reverberating
throughout the country and region.
Raila says ODM committed to
talks despite Kibaki’s remark
ODM leader, Mr Raila Odinga, has reiterated the party’s commitment
to dialogue and said the movement would not pull out of the
mediation talks led by former UN chief, Mr Kofi Annan.
ODM takes offence at
ODM has accused President Kibaki of undermining the ongoing talks
to find a lasting solution to post-election violence in the
ODM hands UN chief document
to back rigging claims
The Orange Democratic Movement has presented the UN secretary
general with what it calls a dossier containing details of the
controversial December 27 General Election.
Odinga urges peacekeepers
Raila Odinga, the Kenyan opposition leader, has called for African
Union (AU) peacekeepers to be deployed in the country to quell
ethnic violence that erupted after last year's disputed
World watches every step Kenya
Peace talks enter the make-or-break stage on Monday even as
international pressure for a quick end to the firestorm of
destruction, deaths and displacement, intensifies.
Protect activists, says
Amnesty international wants President Kibaki and Attorney General
Amos Wako directly petitioned over threats made to a number of
leading human rights campaigners in the country.
Disaster looms in
(02.02.2008) About 10,000 people displaced from various parts of
the country face severe shortage of food, drugs and other basic
Berlin concerned over
mounting political violence in Kenya
(02.02.2008) German Development Aid Minister Heidemarie
Wieczorek-Zeul on Saturday expressed strong concern over the
growing political violence in Kenya.
Kagame calls for coup
(02.02.2008) Rwandan President Paul Kagame has called for military
solution within Kenya to end the current violence. Quoted by
Thursday's Daily Metro, Kagame suggests that a military coup would
be the only way to save Kenya from a genocide like what was
experienced in Rwanda in 1994.
State Asks for More
Time in Broadcast Row
(02.02.2008) The Government's response in a case seeking to quash
a directive to suspend live broadcasts will be known next week.
Deputy solicitor general Muthoni Kimani told Mr Justice Joseph
Nyamu that she needed to consult the attorney-general on the
Kenya death toll up to
1000 despite agreement
(02.02.2008) The death toll in Kenya has now passed the 1000 mark
as smoke continues to gather over the Rift Valley and youths
continue to torch homes. This is despite an agreement by the
warring parties to end the violence within seven to 15 days. And
hopes for a peaceful settlement are on a knife's edge....
The Media Is Not
(02.02.2008) NAIROBI (IPS) - The media was partly blamed for the
Rwandan genocide 14 years ago which left nearly one million people
dead in 100 days. "Kill the Inkotanyi [cockroaches]!" a local
radio station urged its listeners at the time.
Fresh unrest mars Kenya peace
Sporadic violence has been reported across Kenya despite political
leaders agreeing to take action to end the unrest that has pitted
ethnic tribes against each other since last month's disputed
Fresh unrest mars Kenya peace
Sporadic violence has been reported across Kenya despite political
leaders agreeing to take action to end the unrest that has pitted
ethnic tribes against each other since last month's disputed
As leaders promise peace,
violence reignites in Kenya
Nairobi - Violence continued to rage in pockets around Kenya
Saturday, with youths burning houses and hacking neighbours with
machetes, a day after mediation teams attempting to bring an end
to the unrest vowed to find peace in less than 15 days.
Kenya leaders talk peace but
violence doesn't stop
KERICHO, Kenya (Reuters) - Youths burned hundreds of homes in a
town in Kenya's Rift Valley on Saturday, sending residents fleeing
with all they could carry, despite an agreement between feuding
politicians to end weeks of bloodshed.
Ten killed along the Nyanza/RV
Ten people have been killed and eight others, among them two
pupils injured as violence escalated between two communities along
the volatile Nyanza/Rift Valley border.
- A sad joke? - Situation under control,
assures President Kibaki
President Mwai Kibaki returned home Friday evening from Addis
Ababa, Ethiopia where he attended the 10th Ordinary Session of the
Assembly of the African Union and chaired the Extra Ordinary
Summit of IGAD Heads of State and Government.
Kenya opposition says Kibaki
NAIROBI (Reuters) - Kenya's opposition leader Raila Odinga accused
President Mwai Kibaki on Saturday of undermining talks to end a
political crisis by insisting that a court in Kenya could resolve
the dispute over his Dec. 27 re-election.
OPEN LETTER TO MR. KIVUITU
(02.02.2008) Grieving for Kenya -
We've never met. It's unlikely we ever will. But, like every other
Kenyan, I will remember you for the rest of my life.
You had a mandate, Mr. Kivuitu. To deliver a free, fair and
transparent election to the people of Kenya. You had five years to
prepare, a tremendous pool of resources, skills, technical support,
to draw on. You had the trust of 37 million Kenyans.
Africa summit wraps up amid
concern over Kenya, Chad
ADDIS ABABA (AFP) - African Union leaders on Saturday discussed
means of containing spiralling violence in Chad and Kenya on the
last day of a summit which highlighted the body's challenges in
solving its own conflicts.
Gadaffi says AU cannot handle
Libyan Leader Muammar Gadaffi says the current African Union (AU)
structures are too weak to handle conflicts on the continent.
Addressing the closing ceremony of the AU summit in Ethiopia,
Gadaffi said the Kenyan crisis could have been dealt with much
more quickly if the continent had a common Defence Ministry.
Current crisis has given birth
to timely patriotic ideas
Crises, tragic as their consequences may be, are always
accompanied by lessons that have to be learnt. The current chaos
means that Kenya will not be the same again, for it has brought
into sharp focus illnesses that afflict the nation.
Thousands risk losing jobs
if violence continues
More than 500,000 workers could be rendered jobless in the next
few days if the violence going on in many parts of the country
does not stop, employers have warned.
Some have already been laid off from companies that have either
closed, especially hotels in Mombasa, or minimised their
Tourists endangered species in
NAIVASHA, Kenya (Reuters) - Gilbert Korir has spent the last two
years learning to rattle off bird species ranging from pelicans
and yellow-billed storks to cormorants and African fish eagles so
he could be a guide at a Kenyan country club.
Kenyan police seek stolen
weapons as turmoil rages
NAIROBI (AFP) - Kenyan police on Saturday scoured villages in the
volatile western region to recover stolen weapons as turmoil raged
after unrest claimed some 1,000 lives since December's disputed
elections, officials said.
37 killed in fresh western
Kenya clashes: police
NAIROBI, Kenya – Twenty-seven people have been killed in fresh
violence in western Kenya, police said Saturday, bringing the toll
in the past 24 hours to 37.
Deal to end Kenya violence 'in
The leaders of Kenya's warring political parties announced on
Friday night that they had agreed on a plan to end the country's
month-long spree of violence.
Annan brokers peace deal in
(02.02.2008) Both sides agree to urge an end to violence -
Kenya's government and opposition struck an agreement yesterday to
take immediate steps to try and end tribal bloodshed in a
5-week-old political standoff in which about 850 people have been
Kenyan rivals strike deal to
try and stop violence
NAIROBI (Reuters) - Kenya's government and opposition struck an
agreement on Friday to take immediate steps to try and end tribal
bloodshed in a five-week-old political standoff in which about 850
people have been killed.
Aid-Delivery to the Ogiek
(02.02.2008) As a first ECOTERRA Intl. managed on 21. January 2008
to get through to the Ogiek. We could deliver some food-aid to the
widows and children of those women whose husbands had been killed
during the invasion of police-protected Kikuyu gangs and could
establish the needs of the larger Ogiek community. Some of the
video footage from the horrible situation in the field taken by
Steffen Keulig of FPCN was even shown on national television
channel KTN. Now, yesterday on 01. February 2008, a second and
much more substantial distribution of aid to mainly Ogiek women
and children as well as the elderly was successfully carried out.
Kibaki insists ODM
should go to court
(02.02.2008) President Kibaki has stood his ground Orange
Democratic Movement should seek legal redress over its claims of a
stolen victory in the presidential election. He said this as the
UN Secretary General, Mr Ban Ki Moon, made a direct intervention
on the Kenyan crisis. President Kibaki also blamed the Opposition
for instigating the widespread violence that has rocked Kenya,
saying it was a pre-meditated plot...
Kenyan rivals agree plan to end
NAIROBI (AFP) - The parties of Kenya's feuding leaders agreed a
joint roadmap Friday to end unrest that has claimed nearly 1,000
lives since last month's disputed presidential elections, former
UN chief Kofi Annan said.
Kenya rivals agree peace plan
Rival parties in Kenya said they had agreed to take immediate
action to end violence after a month of deadly clashes over a
disputed presidential election.
The two sides signed a four-point agenda that said they would
complete talks within 15 days on measures to end the political
How the West failed Kenya
(02.02.2008) The conditions for the current wave of violence should have
been apparent even as the world lauded Kenya as a shining example
for Africa -
The violent clashes, political turmoil and mayhem that have been
gripping Kenya over the past few weeks dispel any western-backed
notions regarding the country as a model democracy to be
replicated elsewhere on the continent.
Lawlessness grips Kenyan
NANDI HILLS, Kenya: The road from Eldoret to Kericho used to be
one of the prettiest drives in Kenya, a ribbon of asphalt
threading through lush tea farms, bushy sugar cane and green
humpbacked hills. Now it is a gantlet of machete-wielding
teenagers, some chewing stalks of sugar cane, others stumbling
High time to lose patience in
(02.02.2008) The international community should explicitly link emergency
aid to frankly political objectives -
In the past few days, a number of outside voices have offered
advice on the crisis in Kenya. “We can't just sit by,” said the
chairman of the African Union, opening its annual meeting in Addis
Ababa on Thursday.
Robert Calderisi on Kenya, the
role of foreign aid
In the last few days, a number of outside voices have offered
advice on the crisis in Kenya, Robert Calderisi wrote Saturday in
his Globe essay High time to lose patience in Kenya.
"We can't just sit by," said the chairman of the African Union,
opening its annual meeting in Addis Ababa on Wednesday. "If Kenya
burns, there will be nothing for tomorrow."
Army Using Excessive Force in
Police have shot dead 16 people and injured 58 others in four days
in Eldoret town.
Among those admitted in hospital with bullet wounds include three
Sudanese shot outside their homes at Kapsoya estate.
Roadmap to peace
(01.02.2008) The Kofi Annan led mediation team with the Government
and ODM Friday night agreed on three key issues that could see the
country return to peace. The Government and ODM team agreed to
hold joint rallies to stop the escalating violence and restore
basic human rights and civil liberties. The Kenya National
Dialogue and Reconciliation Team emerged from a 10-hour meeting
with former United Nations chief Kofi Annan and said they had
agreed that there should be freedom of assembly, expression and
press to help end political turmoil.
presence in Kenya causes a stir
Chairperson of Kenya's mediation team Kofi Annan asked Cyril
Ramaphosa to help in resolving the east African country's
Insecurity Leaves Crops Rotting
Teresia Chebet and hundreds of other small-scale farmers in the
western Kenyan district of Nandi North have not been directly
affected by the violence that has ravaged the country in the past
month, yet their livelihoods are threatened because markets have
Kenyan Police Kill 4 Looters
ELDORET, Kenya (AP) - Kenyan police killed four people as mobs set
scores of houses and businesses ablaze in a western Kenyan town,
an official said Friday, after a policeman's killing of an
opposition lawmaker sparked clashes in the Rift Valley.
Meru Residents in
Uncontrollable Mob Violence
Residents of Kambakia, Makutano and Mwendantu estates in Meru have
a bizarre sense of justice.
When they are not stoning robbery suspects to death, they are
Violence continues to hamper
relief operations in Kenya
Geneva - Emergency food-aid distribution continued to be hampered
in Kenya as a result of the ongoing violence, UN agencies said
10 killed in fresh western Kenya
NAIROBI (AFP) - Fresh fighting and rioting left at least 10 people,
including a policeman, dead and dozens of houses torched in
western Kenya Friday, police said.
Eight killed in fresh western
Kenya tribal fighting: police
NAIROBI - At least eight people were killed today and dozens of
houses torched in fresh tribal fighting in western Kenya, police
Policeman hanged by mob in
A Kenyan policeman was lynched by a mob of demonstrators in
revenge for the shooting of an MP by another officer.
Desperate Kenyans Turn To
Gangs For Protection
(01.02.2008) Nairobi - As Kenya splits along ethnic lines and the body
count spirals, desperate residents say they are turning to
once-hated gangs for protection.
Ethnic clashes claim 8 lives
Fresh tribal fighting in western Kenya has claimed the lives of at
least eight people leaving dozens of houses on fire, police say.
"Eight people were killed in the fighting in Nyamira district," a
police commander said on Friday.
FBI offers to probe Kenya MP
killings: US embassy
NAIROBI (AFP) - The US Federal Bureau of Investigation has offered
to probe the killings of two Kenyan opposition lawmakers that
sparked fresh rioting after weeks of political unrest, the US
embassy said Friday.
Ban Ki-moon calls on Kenyans to
‘wake up’ and halt violence
(01.02.2008) UN News Centre - Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has called on all
Kenyans to stop the violence that has torn apart their nation in
recent weeks, claiming over 800 lives and displacing more than a
quarter of a million people.
Ban calls to end Kenya violence
(01.02.2008) UN chief Ban Ki-moon has called on all sides in Kenya to stop
the violence that has wracked the country since December's
disputed presidential poll.
"Look beyond the party lines. Look towards the future," he urged.
As he spoke, news came through that eight people had been poisoned
and hacked to death in an apparent revenge attack for the killing
of an MP.
Ban meets Odinga, Annan in Kenya
NAIROBI, Kenya (CNN) - U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on
Friday met with the leader of Kenya's opposition Orange Democratic
Movement, Raila Odinga, and appealed to both sides of the bloody
dispute to halt the violence and resort to dialogue.
Ban meets Kenya negotiating
teams as talks continue
Nairobi - United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon met with
teams representing Kenya's rival politicians Friday and urged them
to find a solution to the deadly crisis triggered by disputed
elections in December.
UN chief calls on Kenya
rivals to stop violence
NAIROBI (AFP) - UN chief Ban Ki-moon called Friday for Kenya's
feuding political leaders to stop weeks of deadly violence sparked
by disputed presidential polls, and to resolve the crisis through
Global talks focus on Kenya
Kenya’s political crisis dominated discussions as the African
Union Summit opened in Addis Ababa, with UN chief Ban Ki-Moon
warning of catastrophe.
President Kibaki holds talks
President Mwai Kibaki Thursday night held lengthy discussions with
President John Kufuor of Ghana, the outgoing chairperson of
African Union in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
Kibaki tells African leaders he
represents Kenyan majority
ADDIS ABABA (AFP) - Kenyan President Mwai Kibaki, whose disputed
re-election triggered a violent political crisis, told African
leaders Friday that his poll victory represented "the will" of the
Kagame And the Military Solution
President Paul Kagame of Rwanda has touched on a delicate matter
but one that appears to be gaining currency in the region: that
for the good of Kenya and the region, it may be wise for the
military in that country to intervene to stop the bloodletting.
Kenya's Kibaki takes tough line,
ADDIS ABABA (Reuters) - Kenyan President Mwai Kibaki took
an uncompromising line over the turmoil in his country at a
regional summit on Friday and diplomats said Africa was divided
over the continent's most pressing crisis.
Even as the United Nations secretary general, Ban Ki-Moon, joins
the diplomatic efforts of his predecessor, Kofi Annan, to try and
get the politicians of Kenya to resolve the current crisis through
dialogue, the situation on the ground in the country is fast
disappearing from the control of the politicians.
(01.02.2008) An Africa expert discusses what can-and should-be done to stop
Should foreign peacekeepers be deployed to Kenya? In spite of the
involvement of high-profile facilitators, like former U.N.
secretary-general Kofi Annan, killings are continuing in what was
once one of Africa's most stable countries.
UNHCR delivers more assistance
as Kenyan IDP numbers grow
UNHCR immediately handed over 1,800 family kits – enough for 9,000
people – and 25 lightweight tents to Kenya Red Cross for
distribution to internally displaced people (IDPs) in the three
locations at Tigoni, Kikuyu and Kabete.
Rape in Kenya Used as Weapon in
A United Nations report released February 1 shows rape is being
used as a weapon in Kenya as the country is roiled in ethnic
violence since the December elections.
Ki-moon arrives Friday to boost
(01.02.2008) United Nations secretary-general
Ban Ki-moon arrives Friday in Nairobi to add international
pressure on the two sides in the political crisis to agree on a
U.N.'s Ban throws weight behind
Kenya peace drive
NAIROBI (Reuters) - U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon throws his
heavyweight diplomatic clout on Friday behind efforts to end
Kenya's month-long violent political standoff in which at least
850 people have been killed.
Annan team pledges to end
violence in 7 days
The Government and ODM negotiators Thursday gave hope to millions
of Kenyans deeply hit by a political crisis by agreeing that the
ongoing violence must end in seven days.
Kenya peace talks in disarray
after killing of second opposition MP
The first day of international efforts to negotiate an end to
Kenya's bloody election crisis were thrown into disarray yesterday
after a policeman shot dead an opposition member of parliament,
the second MP to be killed this week, in what his party called a "political
Kin Refutes Love Link Over Too's
Details of the last moments of murdered Ainamoi MP David Kimutai
Too continued to emerge.
Family members and colleagues insisted that he was not having an
affair with the policewoman shot alongside him.
Ban Ki-moon to visit
strife-torn Kenya (01.02.2008) Warning that violence in Kenya could spiral out of
control, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon announced plans to visit
the country, where more than 800 people have already lost their
lives in intensifying ethnic clashes triggered by the aftermath of
recent elections. Speaking to reporters in the Ethiopian capital,
Addis Ababa, Mr. Ban called on the Kenyan people to “stop the
killings and end the violence now, before it is too late.”
African Union Summit Opens
With Calls For Ending Kenyan Crisis
The African Union summit, where leaders of the organization of 53
African nations gather, opened in the Ethiopian capital Addis
Ababa on Thursday, with the UN chief and the AU chairman calling
for efforts to find a peaceful way out of the post-election unrest
in Kenya that has claimed hundreds of lives.
U.N. chief warns summit of
ADDIS ABABA (Reuters) - African leaders voiced a chorus of
alarm on Thursday about Kenya's rapid decline from regional
peacemaker to the continent's biggest concern, and called for
urgent action to stop the killing.
UN chief meets Kibaki, due in
Nairobi for Odinga talks
ADDIS ABABA (AFP) - UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon met Kenyan
President Mwai Kibaki Thursday in Addis Ababa and said he would
travel to Nairobi the next day to meet opposition leader Raila
Amnesty International Urges
African Leaders' Summit to Turn Attention to Kenya Violence and
Reject Sudan's Latest Bid for African Union Presidency
Amnesty International today urged African heads of state gathered
in Ethiopia for the African Union (AU) Assembly to address the
escalating violence in Kenya, including finding and prosecuting
those responsible, and to reject Sudan's bid to become president
of the AU because of continuing human rights abuses Darfur.
Kenya crisis talks suspended
after opposition MP shot dead
NAIROBI (AFP) - Kofi Annan suspended Thursday crisis talks aimed
at ending Kenya's political crisis after an opposition lawmaker
was shot dead by a policeman, triggering further clashes which
killed at least two.
Second opposition MP killed in
NAIROBI (AFP) - A second opposition lawmaker has been killed in
Kenya, police said Thursday, in spiralling unrest sparked by
disputed presidential elections more than one month ago.
Ainamoi MP shot dead
(31.01.2008) Ainamoi MP David Kimutai has been shot dead. Sources at the
Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital said the body of the late MP is
lying at the hospital’s mortuary.
Kenya police say MP's
killing "crime of passion"
NAIROBI (Reuters) - Kenya's police said the fatal shooting of a
legislator by a policeman on Thursday was a "crime of passion" and
had already led to one arrest.
Second Opposition Legislator
Killed in Kenya
(31.01.2008) NAIROBI - A second opposition lawmaker was shot dead in
Kenya on Thursday in the western town of Eldoret in the volatile
Rift Valley region, where tens of thousands of people from
President Mwai Kibaki's Kikuyu community have been chased from
Rwanda suggests Kenya use
(31.01.2008) `There's no time to go into niceties and debates when killings
are taking place' -
Kigali, Rwanda - The president of Rwanda, which experienced a
genocide in 1994, says intervention by the military might be the
only way to halt Kenya's escalating ethnic bloodshed.
Kibaki gives 'shoot-to-kill
order' to quell unrest
Nairobi - Negotiators seeking to resolve Kenya's political crisis
are set to hold their first meeting today.
The aim of the meeting is to try to find a solution as ethnic
violence, sparked by last month's disputed presidential election,
Ethnic unrest creeps from
Rift towards Kenya capital
NDERI, Kenya (Reuters) - Just 20 minutes outside Kenya's
capital Nairobi, wafts of smoke cloak the valley from fires lit by
a mob looking for revenge.
Trapped in a fracturing
It is a little unnerving when there is a man next to you
sharpening a large machete on the ground by your feet. Swiping it
in a menacing manner.
Kenyan tribe vanishes as
neighbor turns on neighbor
KISUMU, Kenya - The young man hefting a machete at the burning
roadblock was frustrated. He'd been looking for five days, but
could not find a member of the Kikuyu tribe to kill.
Ethnic violence intensifies in
About three hundred unarmed Kikuyus gathered at the Kenya Research
Forestry Institute, on Wednesday, to demand that a couple of
hundred Luo people working there leave the area.
A bitter wind of grievance
(31.02.2008) The memory of violence will be hard to suppress. The idea of a
Kenya for all Kenyans is dead.
By now, the question of who won the election is almost beside the
point. Neither "President" Kibaki nor Raila Odinga should be
allowed within sniffing distance of the presidency. The country is
imploding, people are dying and destitute, and these two great men
have to be coaxed to the negotiating table.
Situation in Kenya
We are very concerned about the violence which is continuing to
convulse Kenya, causing many victims and bringing the number of
displaced persons to 290,000 in a very disturbing humanitarian
context. Barbarous acts are being committed; civilians are being
killed in horrifying conditions. Women and children are being
violated. Two opposition lawmakers have also been killed.
A call for fresh elections
The dimension, which the post elections crisis has assumed in
Kenya, continues to create much cause for concern. On average,
about 35 persons have died per day owing to election-related
violence over the last month.
Kenya Vote Fraud Described
(31.01.2008) NAIROBI, Kenya - The spark for Kenya's firestorm of ethnic
violence was lit inside a cavernous meeting hall in downtown
Nairobi, where election officials over four days doctored vote
counts, dismissed eye-popping irregularities and thwarted
monitoring by independent observers to deliver a razor-thin
victory to President Mwai Kibaki.
Kenya to dominate African
At the end of the first day of the African Union foreign ministers'
meeting in Addis Ababa, a question was asked: "Why has the
situation in Kenya not yet been discussed?"
Kenya negotiators meet as Kibaki
attends African summit
(31.01.2008) NAIROBI (AFP) - Negotiators for Kenya's political rivals met for
the first time Thursday, as President Mwai Kibaki attended an
African Union summit in neighbouring Ethiopia likely to be
dominated by the month-long crisis sparked by his reelection.
ODM barred from addressing
the AU meeting
African Union (AU) Commission chairman, Mr Alpha Konare, said the
Opposition would not be allowed to address the Summit on the
ongoing violence in Kenya.
Kibaki leaves for Addis Ababa
(31.01.2008) Kibaki leaves for AU talks -
President Kibaki leaves for Addis Ababa on Thursday for an African
Union (AU) meeting, which lists post-election crisis as the top
Annan lists agenda for
mediation over crisis
(31.01.2008) Former UN chief, Mr Kofi Annan, has tabled a list of
four issues to be discussed during the mediation talks between
President Kibaki and ODM leader, Mr Raila Odinga. The Standard has
learnt that top on the agenda is an immediate action to stop
violence and restore fundamental rights and liberties.
EU wants sanctions to end Kenyan
Suspending business cooperation with the Kenyan government is the
only effective way that the EU can contribute to helping find a
solution to the crisis. That's according to the European Policy
U.S. diplomat calls violence
in Kenya ethnic cleansing
(31.01.2008) 'It is a plan to push people out,' not genocide, he says
The top U.S. diplomat for Africa said Wednesday that some of the
violence that has swept across Kenya in the past month has been
ethnic cleansing, but that it was not genocide.
End Kenya violence, UN urges
UNITED NATIONS - The United Nations (UN) Security Council has
deplored the continuing violence in Kenya spawned by last month’s
disputed presidential poll and urged the country’s rival leaders
to strive to bring it to an end.
Donors suspend key funding
Donors have suspended funding worth millions of dollars to one of
the most important government programmes.
The affected programme is the Governance, Justice, Law and Order
Sector Reform Programme.
Post-poll violence: US threatens
Foreign countries may impose a solution on Kenya to end the
post-election crisis if its leaders fail to reach a workable
settlement, the United States warned Wednesday.
Jobs another casualty in
(31.01.2008) NAIROBI (IRIN) - George Kose, 30, a graduate of
Moi University, Eldoret, lost his job at one of the leading firms
in Nairobi just days after the election results were announced on
30 December 2007.
Faces that hold key to Kenya’s
The fate of the country appeared to lie with the ‘Big Six’ picked
by bitter rivals PNU and ODM to sit around former UN chief Kofi
Annan’s mediation table.
Leaders call for an end to
Political and religious leaders in Nyanza and Western Provinces
have appealed to residents in the region to avoid destroying
Kenya: At the Brink of
(30.01.2008) In December, President Mwai Kibaki of Kenya was
controversially declared the winner in a rancorous election
against Raila Odinga by a margin of several hundred thousand votes.
'Targeted for marrying
(30.01.2008) Professor David Habel Odongo, from the Luo ethnic
group, married his wife, a Kikuyu lady, more than 20 years ago.
All this time, they have lived in Dunga in western Kenya. But he
tells the BBC's Muliro Telewa why, in the inter-ethnic
post-election violence, his family's livelihood has been lost and
his wife's life threatened.
'Ethnic cleansing' in
Kenya: US envoy
(30.01.2008) Addis Abeba. The violence in Kenya triggered by last
month's contested presidential elections has involved acts of "ethnic
cleansing," the United States' top Africa envoy said Wednesday,
quoted by AFP.
Ogiek People Say They're Under Attack In Kenya's Rift Valley
(30.01.2008) The violence in Kenya’s Rift Valley is now targeting
the Ogiek people, who are indigenous hunter-gatherers in the Mau
Forest. Reports say homes are being burned and many people have
threatened with same fate as murdered opposition MP
Reporters Without Borders urges the Kenyan authorities to use all
necessary means to quickly identify and punish those responsible
for the death threats sent to leading journalists in Nairobi
yesterday, hours after an opposition Orange Democratic Movement
parliamentarian was murdered.
Kenya: Media Being Silenced As
Political Crisis Intensifies
A continuing ban on live broadcasts and new death threats to
journalists in Kenya are silencing media reports on the country's
escalating political crisis, says IFEX member the Media Institute.
FACTBOX-What is the African
(30.01.2008) Kenya's bloody turmoil will dominate an African
summit in Ethiopia this week, underlining how quickly the
neighbouring nation has gone from apparently stable regional
anchor to the continent's most urgent crisis.
Kenya: Electoral feud goes to AU
The post-election conflict that has left over 1,000 people dead
and displaced over 500,000 people will feature at the heads of
Governments meeting scheduled for Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
PREVIEW - Kenya turmoil to
dominate African Union summit
ADDIS ABABA (Reuters) - Kenya's bloody turmoil will
dominate an African summit in Ethiopia this week, underlining how
quickly the neighbouring nation has gone from apparently stable
regional anchor to the continent's most urgent crisis.
Kenyan president heads to AU
summit despite crisis
Kenyan President Mwai Kibaki is set to travel to the Ethiopian
capital Addis Ababa to attend the African Union summit, the
presidency said on Wednesday.
Talks to end Kenya crisis pushed
to Thursday - Summary
Nairobi - Negotiation teams representing Kenya's rival politicians
will square off Thursday in a bid to find a solution to the crisis
sparked by disputed elections that has plunged the country into
violence, officials said.
Can Kenya Avert a Bloodbath?
Walking the paths of this slum north of Nairobi, John Kimani
points to all the homes that now stand unoccupied, the trash on
their floors and the doors swinging wide telling the tale of a
Kenyans call for an end to
NAIROBI (Reuters) - Kenyans pleaded on Wednesday for an end to
violence that has killed 850 people and created unprecedented
horror in the east African nation's darkest moment since 1963
Kenya police get 'shoot to kill'
order after talks begin
(30.01.2008) NAIROBI (AFP) - Kenyan police have been given shoot to kill orders
in a bid to stem weeks of violence, a commander said Wednesday, a
day after Kofi Annan launched crisis talks between feuding
Clash victims buried
as aid for displaced trickles in
(30.01.2008) A somber mood engulfed Molo constituency as 14
victims of the post election violence killed in Molo farm were
finally laid to rest. During the inter-denominational burial
service the leaders called for immediate cessation of the
Annan sets Kenyan election talks
(30.01.2008) NAIROBI, Kenya - Former U.N. Secretary-General
Kofi Annan has given the two sides in Kenya's disputed election
results two deadlines for talks in Nairobi, aides reported.
The process of national dialogue
The process of national dialogue aimed at addressing the current
political situation in the country was Tuesday launched at the
County Hall in Nairobi.
Talks begin despite rise in
The Kofi Annan led mediation officially begins in Nairobi today
with both ODM and PNU naming their representatives to the talks
expected to end the current political impasse as the death toll
Kenya warns of tougher action to
NAIROBI (Reuters) - Kenya on Wednesday warned it would act tougher
to reign in post-election violence threatening to spiral out of
control in the east African nation's darkest moment since 1963
UN genocide adviser warns Kenyan
UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - The U.N. special adviser on preventing
genocide and mass atrocities on Tuesday warned leaders responsible
for post-election violence in Kenya they could be held to account
for violations of international law.
tribe caught up in violence
(30.01.2008) Leaders of the honey-hunting Ogiek tribe have
reported that they are being targeted in the escalating
post-election violence in Kenya.
Using golf clubs,
rocks and machetes, neighbour turns on neighbour in Kenya
(30.01.2008) Some carried golf clubs: an old fairway wood, a
lofted iron, a silver putter. A young man swung a hockey stick.
Others clutched pieces of plumbing pipe, rubber whips, slingshots
made of rope, melon-headed clubs straight from an Asterix comic,
hammers, axes, and bows and arrows. But the weapon of choice was
the panga, or machete, sharpened against the railway track as if
it were a whetstone.
Pledge to reunite Kenya
President Kibaki and ODM leader Raila Odinga Tuesday evening
pledged to reunite Kenyans as crucial talks to end the spiralling
post-election violence started in Nairobi last evening.
Rival teams meet in second
step towards peace
President Kibaki and rival Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) leader,
Mr Raila Odinga, once again came face-to-face in under a week, as
mediation talks kicked-off in Nairobi.
recruited to fight'
(29.01.2008) A Kenyan (who wishes to remain anonymous) in the Rift
Valley town of Naivasha describes how members of an outlawed sect
- the Mungiki - are forcibly recruiting members of their Kikuyu
ethnic group to kill non-Kikuyus - allied to the opposition.
Revenge Killings Stoke
a Violent Cycle in Kenya
(29.01.2008) Tribal Gangs Spread Deadly Confrontations Across
Country's West - NAIROBI - The toll from five days of fighting
between rival tribal gangs across western Kenya rose to at least
85 Monday, as the post-election violence that has swept this East
African nation began to take on a new character: revenge.
IDP children falling
through protection cracks
(29.01.2008) NAKURU (IRIN) - Violence in the Rift Valley town of
Nakuru has seen the numbers of displaced at the town's largest
camp skyrocket, but camp officials say it is becoming increasingly
difficult to provide security for the IDPs, and children are being
FACTBOX: Developments in Kenya crisis
on Jan 29
(Reuters) - Kenyan military
helicopters swooped over machete-wielding crowds on Tuesday
against a backdrop of spiraling tribal violence after a disputed
In the scripture it is told how Kings made judgment decisions
while in leadership and even how some were anointed into
leadership and not acknowledged. Even here in the USA after our
last Presidential race a recall of votes was asked for, because of
question mark they had, many whom thought the polls had been
UN genocide adviser
warns Kenyan politicians
(29.01.2008) UNITED NATIONS, Jan 29 (Reuters) - The U.N. special
adviser on preventing genocide has demanded a stop to
post-election violence in Kenya and warned its politicians they
could be held responsible for violations of international law.
Kenyan opposition MP
shot dead, clashes erupt
(29.01.2008) NAIVASHA, Kenya (Reuters) - Kenyan military
helicopters swooped over machete-wielding crowds terrorising
hundreds of refugees in a lakeside town on Tuesday against a
backdrop of spiralling violence in the east African country.
KENYA: Tensions high as
Annan-brokered talks begin
(29.01.2008) NAIROBI (IRIN) - The "official dialogue process"
began on 29 January between Kenyan President Mwai Kibaki and the
opposition Orange Democratic Movement (ODM), even as violence that
has ravaged the country since late December continued to spread,
with the latest casualty a Member of Parliament who was shot dead
outside his home in Nairobi, the capital.
Kenyan Peace Talks Begin
With Annan's Call to End Violence
(29.01.2008) Kenya's government and opposition began
negotiations today to end a month of post-election violence that
has killed more than 750 people and ripped apart the country's
reputation as a stable African democracy.
Annan resumes mediation in Kenya
Nairobi - Former UN Secretary General Kofi Annan has resumed his
mediation attempt in Kenya.
He expects that the most urgent problems can be resolved in four
Annan’s peace agenda
(29.01.2008) Mediator Kofi Annan has spelt out the terms of
reference and agenda for the peace talks aimed at ending the
political crisis facing the country. An end to the spiralling
violence, solving the disputed Presidential election results and
crafting long-term solutions to glaring inequality in the country
form Mr Annan’s agenda for peace.
Kibaki facing genocide claims
Nairobi - Kenya's opposition on Monday charged that the government
was abetting acts of genocide by imposing a curfew that left
civilians exposed to rampaging tribal gangs in the town of Nakuru.
Kenyan opposition puts death
toll at over 1,500
The number of people killed following the December general
election in Kenya has been estimated at over 1,5000, Orange
Democratic Movement(ODM) official said here on Monday.
Rioters Tear Through
(29.01.2008) NAIROBI, Kenya - Kisumu, Kenya’s third largest city,
burst into flames again on Monday as thousands of rioters tore
through the streets, burned down stores, looted schools and vented
their outrage over a spate of ethnically-driven killings over the
Why ethnic conflicts run out of
(29.01.2008) Kenyans need to examine the nature of ethnic
conflicts. The country has experienced ethnically engineered civil
commotion that seemingly affected segments of the security forces,
mainly the police.
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