Presidential Election Disaster and Civil Strife in Kenya
Documentation of the developments

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NAVIGATION

PART   1 ;  2 ;  3 ;  4 ;  5 6 ;  7 ;  8 ;  9 ;  10 11 ; NEWS

PART 5 - 05th Feb. 2008 until 10. Feb. 2008

 

FACTS OF THE POST-ELECTION VIOLENCE

KENYA OVERVIEW: TROUBLED NATION IN A TROUBLED REGION (slow loading!)

SHORT CHRONOLOGY OF THE CRISIS

THE NATIONAL DISASTER IN SAD PICTURES

THE WHISTLEBLOWER FILES ON KENYA

TEXT OF KENYA POWER-SHARING DEAL

EXCLUSIVE: CONSTITUTIONAL CRISIS IN KENYA

US AND THEM - THE ENDURING POWER OF ETHNIC NATIONALISM

 

DAY 44

European Arms Manufacturers Pump Weapons into Troubled Regions                              (10.02.2008) Despite the EU code of conduct, European corporations continue to supply the world's most dangerous groups with arms. A stronger law is needed.

Uganda gunmen shot Kenya rioters - Raila                                                                     (10.02.2008) KENYAN opposition leader Raila Odinga said on Tuesday that he had called President Yoweri Museveni to protest what he called the presence of Ugandan gunmen in the lakeside city of Kisumu, where riots erupted in the aftermath of a disputed presidential election.

Forging an African Nation                                                                                              (10.02.2008) As a youngster, my parents (who spent the formative years of their marriage in pre-independence Kenya) used to regale my siblings and I with stories about a Kenya infested with competing (Luo against Kikuyu) kabuti-clad, jembe-wielding, marauding gangs.

Isn't Gen. Kagame's Proposal the Only Hope for Country?                                               (10.02.2008) He is many things to many people. To French investigating judge Jean-Louis Bruguiere, Gen Paul Kagame is a suspected international war criminal who should be in The Hague, facing charges for his alleged role in the death of former Rwanda president Juvenal Habyarimana who died in a plane crash, sparking the 1994 inter-communal violence, which killed one million Rwandese, mainly Tustis and moderate Hutus.

Our Leaders Need to Reinvent Themselves                                                                     (10.02.2008) About eight weeks ago, the ingredients were all in place to call Kenya a country to watch. But today, our heads are bowed in shame. Internally, there are questions galore, the first being "Is this us?"

Gangs Out to Reverse Recent Gains                                                                             (10.02.2008) Throughout the long and tortuous misrule by the Moi regime, it is the agriculture sector that kept Kenya afloat.

'The Economist' And That Little Matter of Stereotyping                                                    (10.02.2008) The Economist magazine likes to go for what is racy and stylish. That's why it's so entertaining to read. It will avoid inconvenient angles if they get boring. In its most recent issue it had a cute little story comparing Kenya with Gaza.

Are the Universities Being Tribalised?                                                                            (10.02.2008) We are generating emotions and tensions in Kenya which before long may require a whole new vocabulary. Are we on the verge of producing a form of inter-ethnic distrust which may be called Kikuyuphobia?

Ford-Kenya Threatens to Quit PNU                                                                                (10.02.2008) Ford-Kenya has threatened to pull out from the PNU coalition over the parliamentary nomination row. The party would hold a meeting to review its links with PNU, two MPs said on Saturday.

Does prayer really work? "No."                                                                                      (10.02.2008) When I was a tousle-headed toddler back in 1943, my father went off to war and my mother, sister and I lived in an old two-story home on Charles Street in Point Loma, near the San Diego/Coronado naval base.

Kenya opposition trying to satisfy all sides                                                                     (10.02.2008) NAIROBI: Kenya's opposition leader was involved in a delicate balancing act Sunday, promising not to betray hard-line supporters while assuring international mediators that he was ready to accept a political solution to end weeks of post-election violence.

UN Official Says Kenyan Displaced Need Assistance for Several Months                          (10.02.2008) The United Nations' top humanitarian official has concluded a visit to camps for people displaced by post-election violence in Kenya. He said arrangements should be made to accommodate many of the displaced for at least the next few months. Derek Kilner reports from Nairobi.

Fear of new brain drain as violence hits universities                                                         (10.02.2008) Kenya’s public universities have been thrown in one of the worst crisis ever due to the wave of violence in some parts of the country.

Kenya is still Africa: Pay us a goat, Meru elders tell Kibaki                                              (10.02.2008) Central Imenti MP Gitobu Imanyara yesterday said he may drop an intended suit against First Lady Mrs Lucy Kibaki for alleged assault.

Tribal Strife in Kenya                                                                                                    (10.02.2008) Many are saying that it is racist or simplistic to claim that Kenya's recent political riots are tribal. They say that the problemsgo beyond tribal to employment, land, and water resources. Nonsense!

Kenyan opposition leader walks fine line between hardline supporters and compromise      (10.02.2008) NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) - Kenya's opposition leader was involved in a delicate balancing act Sunday, promising not to betray hardline supporters while assuring international mediators he was ready to accept a political solution to end weeks of postelection violence.

Kenya: The truth about the Naivasha killings                                                                   (10.02.2008) As the repercussions of inter-tribal clashes dawn upon Kenyans, more light is being shed on how they were planned and executed. One of the worst revenge attacks which left dozens dead and maimed, was experienced in Naivasha town in the Rift Valley. Using eyewitness accounts from survivors, Odhiambo T. Oketch writes about the horror faced by victimized residents before and after the attacks.

Kenya enters key period in peace deal negotiations                                                        (10.02.2008) NAIROBI (AFP) - Kenya's feuding parties on Sunday headed into a decisive week of negotiations on a compromise deal to end the conflict over disputed elections that has left more than 1,000 dead.

Why Ramaphosa could not join Kenya’s peace talks                                                      (10.02.2008) Who invited South African business mogul Cyril Ramaphosa to the Kofi Annan mediation process in Kenya? Why did they let the man travel all the way to Kenya - complete with a team of aides - only to reject him?

Clashes, tension "routine" in troubled Molo                                                                     (10.02.2008) MOLO (IRIN) - In Kenya's Rift Valley town of Molo, about 200km from Nairobi, displacement by conflict has become a recurrent feature of life, and not only at election times.

Local experts can tackle human-rights abuses (but will they do it?                                   (10.02.2008) The recent events in Kenya have left deep scars that may take an entire generation to heal. However, history has shown that in order to achieve lasting peace, societies must deal with past abuses through a process of truth telling, reconciliation and justice.

Keep those fingers crossed                                                                                           (10.02.2008) MOUNTING ANXIETY ASIDE, THERE IS EVERY indication that the ongoing mediation of the Kenyan political crisis will produce some positive results in the near future.

Exit tourists, enter poachers                                                                                         (10.02.2008) ONE OF THE WORLD’S MOST extraordinary wildlife reserves, Kenya’s Masai Mara, recently voted one of the Seven New Wonder of the World, is under severe threat from widespread poaching following the near collapse of tourism in the country’s post-election crisis.

German foreign minister pledges support in Kenya mediation                                           (10.02.2008) Accra - German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier, kicking off a 3-nation African tour, Sunday pledged his country's help to support former UN Secretary General Kofi Annan's mediation effort in Kenya.

Kenyan opposition wants fresh vote                                                                               (10.02.2008) Kenya's opposition leader is demanding that the country's incumbent president resign and new elections be held.

Talks hit trickiest stretch                                                                                              (10.02.2008) Negotiations for a political cure for post-election crisis begin on Monday when parties are expected to present and defend their roadmaps.

Answers to land problems depends on political will                                                         (10.02.2008) Mzee Joseph Muroki, 66, a sorry shadow of his former self, walks with stooped shoulders, a pair of glazed, haunted eyes shines in their hollowed sockets on a face contoured with sweaty wrinkles.

We will stop at nothing but the presidency, says Pentagon                                              (10.02.2008) ODM has reaffirmed its commitment to the ongoing mediation but declared it would go for nothing short of the presidency.

MPs want police to free suspects                                                                                  (10.02.2008) Four MPs want the police to release 17 suspects arrested over the killing of a Catholic priest in Koibatek District, three weeks ago.

Mortuary fees waived for violence victims                                                                        (10.02.2008) The Government has waived all post-mortem fees for victims of post-election violence. A statement from the Health Permanent Secretary, Dr Hezron Nyangito, said the waiver applies to all Government hospitals.

US diplomat says Kenya violence is ethnic cleansing                                                      (10.02.2008) Nairobi - The "top" US diplomat in Africa, Jendayi Frazier, says that some of the violence in Kenya has been ethnic cleansing. She came to his conclusion after meeting with many of the victims. The assistant secretary of state for African affairs said that entire communities in the Rift valley were forced to leave the area. Those who refused were killed.

Kenya Opposition Drops Conciliatory Tone                                                                     (10.02.2008) CHEPKIOYO, Kenya (AP) - Kenya's opposition leader demanded Saturday that the president resign and new elections be held, dropping a conciliatory stance that had brought hope for a political settlement to end weeks of postelection violence.

Kenya's president must go, rival says                                                                            (10.02.2008) CHEPKIOYO, Kenya - Kenya's opposition leader demanded yesterday that the president resign and new elections be held, dropping a conciliatory stance that had brought hope for a political settlement to end weeks of postelection violence.

Talks to focus on two key proposals                                                                              (10.02.2008) Two distinct proposals that could shape the future of Kenya and resolve the political crisis that has convulsed the country will be at the centre of the Kenya National Dialogue and Reconciliation process beginning Monday.

Our leaders need to reinvent themselves                                                                        (10.02.2008) About eight weeks ago, the ingredients were all in place to call Kenya a country to watch. But today, our heads are bowed in shame. Internally, there are questions galore, the first being “Is this us?” And the answer is as straightforward and is also three words: “It is us.”

ODM to seek supporters consent                                                                                  (10.02.2008) ODM leaders have said they would seek the consent of their supporters countrywide before committing their party to resolutions of the National Dialogue and Reconciliation Committee headed by former UN secretary general Kofi Annan.

Don’t rush into power sharing, Kalonzo warns                                                                 (10.02.2008) Vice-President Kalonzo Musyoka has said the government was commitment to the ongoing dialogue, but warned against rushing into a power-sharing agreement.

UN to probe human rights abuse in Kenya                                                                      (10.02.2008) The United Nations Humanitarian Co-ordinator Mr John Holmes has termed as tragic the displacement of thousands of people from their homes in the post-election violence.

Weeks of violence cause many to question Kenya's success                                          (10.02.2008) TIGONI, Kenya - More than a century ago, European colonists carved up Africa, jamming together people who spoke different languages, danced to different music and worshipped different gods within the same borders.

Kenyan leader demands president resign                                                                       (10.02.2008) CHEPKIOYO, Kenya (AP) - Kenya's opposition leader has demanded that the president resign and new elections be held, dropping a conciliatory stance that had brought hope for a political settlement to end weeks of postelection violence.

Kenya is expecting big drop in tourism                                                                           (10.02.2008) Tourist arrivals in Kenya will probably slump more than 90 percent in the first quarter due to postelection violence, the Kenya Tourism Board said.

DAY 43

What ODM Case Against State at the Hague Means                                                      (09.02.2008) The Orange Democratic Movement has filed a complaint at the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague, alleging that the Government has committed the crime of using force against Kenyans protesting against the disputed presidential election.

Research in Limbo as Centres are Hit By Post-Poll Violence                                           (09.02.2008) A number of research projects across the country are feeling the pinch of the post-election violence with hundreds of scientists among the victims of displacement.

Democracy charade undermines rights                                                                          (09.02.2008) Washington - The established democracies are accepting flawed and unfair elections for political expediency, Human Rights Watch said this week in releasing its World Report 2008.

Fear rules town after Catholic priest killing                                                                      (09.02.2008) Muserechi trading centre in Koibatek District, once bustling with business activities, is now a ghost town.

Mt Elgon, Molo raids: KCPE candidates missing                                                            (09.02.2008) Hundreds of school children who fled recent ethnic clashes in Molo are yet to return. Eight primary schools were closed following the attacks.

Police pledge to protect women in trousers                                                                    (09.02.2008) The post-election chaos seems to be taking another dimension in some parts of the country. Before chaos rocked Naivasha two weeks ago, one’s mode of dress was not an issue in the cosmopolitan town.

Kenya expert: Inequality equals unrest                                                                           (09.02.2008) BENNINGTON - Missionaries drove Bennington College professor Miroslava Prazak to an airstrip last week in one of Kenya's game parks. Normally, she would have driven to the capital city before catching a flight back home, but the roads from Kuria to Nairobi were not safe to travel. "The towns we would have crossed were all in flames," Prazak said in her college office Thursday.

ODM leaders speak at MP’s funeral                                                                               (09.02.2008) ODM leaders have said they will seek their supporters’ consent before striking a deal in the Kofi Annan led mediation talks.

How State Land Policy Shaped Conflict                                                                         (09.02.2008) Relentless violence in the Rift Valley seems to have been sparked by more than last year's disputed presidential election, according to interviews by a cross section of local people.

Annan Sees Small Gains in Peace Talks in Kenya                                                         (09.02.2008) NAIROBI, Kenya - Kofi Annan, the former United Nations secretary general who is brokering peace talks in Kenya, said Friday that no deal toward a durable political solution had been reached, but that progress was steadily being made.

'The postcard Kenya is gone'                                                                                         (09.02.2008) Anti-corruption fighter says violence has exposed urban reality of slums, need for `reconstruction' - OTTAWA - Canada and other countries must realize Kenya has changed forever and helping the troubled East African nation will require a major new commitment of assistance from abroad, says renowned Kenyan anti-corruption fighter John Githongo.

A country turned on its head                                                                                         (09.02.2008) The scene at the border post in Chebilat on Wednesday summed up the Kenyan conflict perfectly. A few dozen men and youths from the Kisii tribe stood on one side of the town, armed with machetes, bows and arrows, and batons, staring down the Kalenjin group who stood about 100m back. They knew better than to charge.

ECK Rejected Electronic Vote Tallying                                                                          (09.02.2008) Had Electoral Commission of Kenya accepted a US-funded computerised results reporting system, the country would not have slid into anarchy.

Why Kenya’s democracy is so awfully fragile and brittle                                                  (09.02.2008) There is something disconcerting about Kenya’s democracy, although it has nothing to do with the misconception that it is the best tool for the attainment of equality and social justice.

Casualties As Fresh Chaos Erupts                                                                                (09.02.2008) Ten people have been hospitalised with bullet and arrow wounds in renewed fighting at the troubled Borabu/Sotik border. Armed raiders shot them on Thursday evening, only a day after Nyanza PC, Mr Paul Olando, visited the area along with six local MPs and called for an end to the violence.

Urgent work for Human Rights Investigators at Mt Elgon                                                  (09.02.2008) As PNU and ODM fight it out, who actually won the 2007 elections in Kenya, the Ogiek of Mt Elgon continue to be raped and maimed by the Sabaot Land Defence Force (SLDF), a rag-tag militia of heavily armed Bok, who have taken over the Mt Elgon regions.

Nothing wrong with Ramaphosa, only somebody made a blunder                                     (09.02.2008) South Africa’s legendary negotiator and mediator Cyril Ramaphosa was made a sacrificial lamb, killed to disarm or appease President Kibaki’s PNU and keep the mediation process going smoothly.

Population pressure at the centre of crisis in Rift Valley                                                   (09.02.2008) Demographers have added a dimension to the current post-election violence - population increase, especially in agriculturally rich Rift Valley province.

Settlement schemes at the root of conflicts in Rift Valley                                                 (09.02.2008) Mafuta Scheme in Ziwa, 50 kilometres from Eldoret Town, is one of the fertile lands that are being eyed by local people in Uasin Gishu.

Raila, ODM wants quick resolution                                                                                (09.02.2008) ODM leader, Mr Raila Odinga, has called for a resolution to the political crisis. Raila said ODM remained committed and hopeful that a political settlement is arrived at soon so that normalcy can return and pave way for nation building.

Hope as Kibaki, Raila break fresh ground                                                                       (09.02.2008) President Kibaki and Orange Democratic Movement leader Mr Raila Odinga have agreed to a negotiated a political settlement to the current crisis.

‘Mum didn’t shoot me,’ says Kibaki’s son                                                                      (09.02.2008) President Kibaki’s son, Jimmy, has dismissed claims that he was shot by his mother, Lucy.

DAY 42

Weekly Security Update                                                                                               (08.02.2008) THE KK GROUP OF COMPANIES Security Update - Generally, the security situation in the country is reverting to normality. Outside political violence experienced inSotik-Borabu and the Trans Mara areas, the rest of the country witnessed “normal” criminal activity which seems to be increasing. Police have maintained their crackdown on criminals, scoring relative successes.

A Political Compromise in Kenya?                                                                                 (08.02.2008) Former U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan announced Friday that Kenya's government and the opposition are close to reaching a power-sharing deal to resolve the political deadlock that sparked weeks of bloodshed. But after the chaos in which more than 1,000 people were killed and 300,000 have been displaced, it remains open to question whether a deal among politicians will be enough to restore the peace.

Europe Exports Death With Ease                                                                                  (08.02.2008) One of the most horrific incidents that followed Kenya's disputed presidential election was the burning to death of 30 people taking refuge in a church in Eldoret.

Drivers sodomised                                                                                                        (08.02.2008) KENYAN RIOTERS SEXUALLY ASSAULT UGANDANS - Robert (not real name), a 32-year-old Ugandan truck driver, had gone to collect fuel from the Kenyan pipeline in Nakuru, when his tanker was stopped by a gang of youth at a roadblock in Kaitui near Kericho.

Perpetrators of Violence to Be Prosecuted, Says Kibaki                                                  (08.02.2008) President Kibaki has warned individuals who sponsor or engage in acts of violence of dire consequences.

IDPs leave city for "ancestral homes"                                                                             (08.02.2008) NAIROBI (IRIN) - Thousands of people displaced from the suburbs on the western edge of the capital, Nairobi, have left for their "ancestral homes" in western Kenya, according to humanitarian workers.

US declines to reveal the eight in travel ban                                                                    (08.02.2008) The State Department has refused to disclose the identities of eight Kenyans who have been warned that they may be barred from travelling to the US.

Provide security to MPs, Marende appeals to Govt                                                          (08.02.2008) National Assembly Speaker, Mr Kenneth Marende, has expressed fear that MPs are living under a shroud of insecurity.

Who Are the Kikuyu? And why do Kenya's other tribes resent them so much?                  (08.02.2008) CENTRAL PROVINCE, Kenya - On the hillsides, tea is still being picked; in the valleys, women still weed rows of beans, feet stained ocher by the soil; and in downtown Nyeri, the matatu taxi vans still honk by custom.

Former UN chief says reports of power sharing deal in Kenya are premature                     (08.02.2008) NAIROBI, Kenya - Former UN chief Kofi Annan, who is mediating talks between Kenya's political rivals, says they are making progress, but no deal has been reached yet.

Kenya lifts ban on public rallies - No Kenya peace deal yet, U.N. chief says                     (08.02.2008) NAIROBI, Kenya - Kenya's minister of internal security today lifted the ban on public rallies imposed after an eruption of violence over the country's disputed presidential election.

Annan hopes for Kenyan deal next week                                                                        (08.02.2008) NAIROBI (AFP) - Kenya's political leaders on Friday agreed to negotiate a settlement to end weeks of bloodshed, with chief mediator Kofi Annan saying he hoped a deal could be reached early next week.

Parties in Kenya Discussing Joint Government                                                               (08.02.2008) Kenya's battling political factions were discussing details of a possible joint government after weeks of bloodshed over disputed elections that resulted in the deaths of more than 1,000 people, a lawmaker said Friday.

Annan: “We’ve reached far on political issues”                                                                (08.02.2008) Mediator Kofi Annan says talks to resolve Kenya’s political crisis “have reached far” but details can only emerge early next week.

Kenya under pressure to reach agreement                                                                     (08.02.2008) Strike a deal to end crippling crisis or else we intervene - that was the unambiguous message that the international community was sending to the PNU and ODM protagonists on Thursday.

Questions over arms imported from China                                                                      (08.02.2008) AN arms import deal between Kenya and China has raised eyebrows that the arsenal was being brought for ulterior motives.

Kenya Lifts Ban on Public Rallies, while certain peace progress is made                          (08.02.2008) NAIROBI (AP) - Kenya's minister of internal security lifted the ban on public rallies imposed after an eruption of violence over the country's disputed presidential election.

Kenya Govt 'arming militias to spread violence'                                                               (08.02.2008) The Opposition in Kenya has accused the Government of arming militias to spread violence in the country.

Kenya foes agree political settlement is needed: Annan                                                  (08.02.2008) NAIROBI (AFP) - Kenya's feuding politicians agree that a negotiated political settlement is needed to solve the bloody crisis that broke out after a disputed December election, chief mediator Kofi Annan said Friday.

Annan Says No Kenyan Deal Yet                                                                                  (08.02.2008) NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) - Former U.N. chief Kofi Annan, who is mediating talks between Kenya's political rivals, said Friday they were making progress on a deal to end weeks of postelection bloodshed but no power-sharing agreement had been reached yet.

Kenya parties report progress in crisis talks                                                                   (08.02.2008) Negotiators for Kenyan President Mwai Kibaki and opposition leader Raila Odinga said on Friday talks to resolve their dispute over Kibaki's re-election had moved forward but not reached a final deal.

As thieves take advantage of postelection violence, Kenyans turn vigilante                        (08.02.2008) KISUMU, Kenya (AP) - Children clustered around the charred body, its features mercifully melted into an unrecognizable black mask. In a few places where the fire hadn't reached, human features _ a calloused foot, a hand with a metal bracelet _ still were visible.

Kenyan president says he's committed to talks, more displacement in western Kenya       (08.02.2008) NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) - The Kenyan president said Friday he was «committed» to negotiations to end postelection violence, as the Red Cross reported thousands of displaced Kenyans fearing clashes fled a western town ahead of the funeral of a slain opposition lawmaker.

Kenyan rivals under pressure to compromise to end bloodshed                                        (08.02.2008) NAIROBI (AFP) - Kenya's political rivals struggled on Friday to make headway in crisis talks as mediator Kofi Annan lamented that "not enough" compromise had been made to end weeks of bloodshed.

Annan: We cannot afford to fail in Kenya                                                                        (08.02.2008) London: International mediators cannot afford to fail in Kenya, former UN Secretary General Kofi Annan said on Friday.

Don’t impose sanctions on us, pleads VP                                                                      (08.02.2008) Vice-President Kalonzo Musyoka has pleaded with USA senators and congressmen against recommending any sanctions that might hurt the poor in Kenya.

A Path to Peace in Kenya                                                                                            (08.02.2008) By Wangari Maathai (Nobel Peace Laureate) - It's make-or-break time for Kenya. After weeks of standoff, Mwai Kibaki and Raila Odinga, who both claim to have won the Dec. 27 presidential election, are engaged in negotiations.

Rift over results widens as UN warns leaders                                                                  (08.02.2008) The UN Security Council Thursday told Kenyan leaders to immediately end the post-election violence as mediation talks in Nairobi turned stormy.

Kenya policeman denies murdering 2 protesters                                                             (08.02.2008) NAIROBI (Reuters) - A Kenyan policeman caught on camera apparently shooting two protesters in a western town pleaded not guilty to murder on Friday.

PRES. KOROMA’S SOLUTIONS TO KENYA CRISIS                                                     (08.02.2008) President Ernest Bai Koroma who is familiar with the untold sufferings that usually accompany internal conflicts perceived the crisis from a different angle and resolved that Heads of State assembled in Addis Ababa should not depart until the Kenya catastrophe is keenly looked into with a view to resolving the impasse that is escalating almost on a daily basis.

President Holds Talks With EU Official                                                                          (08.02.2008) President Kibaki held talks with the European Union Commissioner for Development and Humanitarian Affairs, Mr Louis Michel, at State House, Nairobi.

24 Suspects Arrested for Stripping Women                                                                    (08.02.2008) Police have arrested 24 suspects for allegedly stripping women in trousers in Naivasha town. The crackdown saw plainclothes policewomen nab unsuspecting youths who attempted to undress them.

Now Annan Denies Room Bugging Claims                                                                     (08.02.2008) Chief mediator Kofi Annan has denied media reports that his hotel room had been bugged by unknown people. The former UN secretary-general was surprised when asked about the bugging of his room at the Serena Hotel and described the report as news to him.

Kenyan rivals seek to end bloodshed                                                                             (08.02.2008) NAIROBI (AFP) - Kenya's political rivals tried to inject some momentum on Friday into slow-moving peace talks brokered by former UN head Kofi Annan aimed at ending weeks of bloodshed.

All Set for Civic Leadership Battle                                                                                  (08.02.2008) The next electoral battle between ODM and PNU moves to the councils as local authorities prepare to elect mayors and chairmen on February 25.

ODM Alarmed Over Alleged Order of Chinese Arms                                                        (08.02.2008) The Orange Democratic Movement has expressed concern that the Government has placed a tender with a Chinese company for the supply of an unspecified number of firearms, ammunition and spares, saying the timing was not right.

Insight Into Why Kenyan Authorities Decided Clay Should Not Be Allowed Back               (08.02.2008) Sir Edward Clay, the former British High Commissioner to Kenya, who has reportedly been banned from travelling to Kenya had a knack for rubbing authorities the wrong way during his long diplomatic career.

Regional ministers back Annan talks in Kenya                                                               (08.02.2008) NAIROBI (Reuters) - International mediators in Kenya cannot afford to fail, their leader said on Friday as they sought to end riots and ethnic violence over disputed elections which have killed more than 1,000 people.

Kenya's Food Safety Now Under Threat                                                                         (08.02.2008) Kenya's food security is set to worsen due to the on-going political crisis, 57 representatives from various agricultural sub-sectors said on Thursday.

Destroy Illegal Sugar Imports, Says Lobby                                                                     (08.02.2008) Outragious in a country of hunger and turmoil! Why not impound and donate to hungry people ... An integrity and development watchdog wants thousands of tonnes of sugar illegally imported into the country destroyed or returned to country of origin.

Raila - ODM Flexible At Talks                                                                                       (08.02.2008) ODM leader Raila Odinga said Thursday that his party was willing to climb down on its demand that President Kibaki resigns.

ODM Calls off Protests Over Igad Team Visit                                                                  (08.02.2008) Orange Democratic Movement has called off a planned protest against a visit by Igad ministers. Party secretary general Anyang' Nyong'o announced Thursday the party will not call out its members to the streets because the ministers were not coming to engage in a parallel mediation process which the party was opposed to.

Leaders Have Let the People Down                                                                                (08.02.2008) Our leaders have failed us by embracing ethnic rather than national unity. Kenyans have no confidence in them because, for the last two months, they have proved to be more interested in their welfare than that of the wider society.

Did Development Fail in Kenya?                                                                                    (08.02.2008) A month ago, Kenya fell prey to a sudden burst of post-electoral violence that has left over 1000 dead and hundreds of thousands displaced.

DAY 41

The political crisis in Kenya: A call for justice & peaceful resolution                                  (07.02.2008) Kenya is at a cross-road that will mean either the complete disintegration of Kenya or the beginning of a new, more democratic, sustainable nation suited to the needs and aspirations of the Kenyan people in the 21st Century.

Testimony of Chris Albin-Lackey on Behalf of Human Rights Watch                                 (07.02.2008) Human Rights Watch (Washington, DC) - Following is the testimony of Chris Albin-Lackey on Behalf of Human Rights Watch at thr United States Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, Subcommittee on African Affairs hearing on "The Immediate and Underlying Causes and Consequences of Flawed Democracy in Kenya."

Kibaki sends advisors home                                                                                          (07.02.2008) President Mwai Kibaki has disbanded his entire Strategic Advisory Unit based in State House, in a move aimed at underlining his focus and interest on the dialogue talks chaired by the African Eminent persons led by former United Nations boss Kofi Annan.

Kibaki, East-Africa's Mugabe, Kenya and China                                                              (07.02.2008) The sound of silence - The murky role of one of President Mwai Kibaki's closest new allies - IN THE six weeks since Kenya's disputed election, an array of bigwigs, from the UN secretary-general to the chairman of the African Union, have flown into Nairobi to urge Kenya's warring parties to negotiate.

Blood Flowers: With love, from Kenya - Human sufferings, ethnic tensions and political warfare (07.02.2008) On Valentine’s Day, February 14, when you reach out to buy those flowers for your loved one, stop for a second and think of blood spilled on the streets of Kenya through which those were allegedly transported under police and army protection. Valentine’s Day is a big money spinning date for Kenyan growers, thanks to the country’s perfect match of high altitudes and equatorial sunshine.

Britain Defends Kiai Team And Journalists                                                                     (07.02.2008) The British minister for Africa Lord Malloch-Brown has expressed concern over threats against journalists and human rights champions in Kenya.

Kenya to Lose Niche As Rwanda Picks Dar                                                                   (07.02.2008) Kenya's cargo handlers stand to lose substantial business following a decision by Rwanda to move petroleum products and other imports through Dar-es-Salaam, Tanzania's main port.

Kibaki Accepts Inquiry Into Poll Fraud                                                                            (07.02.2008) THE Kenyan government has invited international bodies to independently investigate the ongoing bloodletting in the country and ensure the perpetrators are prosecuted for "crimes against humanity".

U.S. Slaps Ban On Citizens, while EAC fails to have quorum for meeting                          (07.02.2008) The United States has barred 10 Kenyans suspected of being behind the ethnic violence that has convulsed the country since President Mwai Kibaki's disputed re-election, officials said yesterday.

'Cattle Thieves Killed Tourist'                                                                                         (07.02.2008) THE people who shot a Belgian tourist in Mt. Elgon National Park on Tuesday night could have been cattle thieves, the Uganda Wildlife Authority announced yesterday.

For How Long Must Kibaki Hide His Head in the Sand?                                                   (07.02.2008) An East african perspective - I supported the ODM during the December polls because I believed in it. I still do and will continue to support the party for its documented policies.

Democracy Comes in Steps Not a Leap                                                                         (07.02.2008) Could a 'Yes' win in the 2005 referendum on the proposed Constitution have saved Kenya from violence, killings and mayhem? I know this may be an unorthodox question to ask currently, but in times of crisis one needs to take the less travelled road in search of answers.

Senior UN Official On Fact-Finding Mission                                                                    (07.02.2008) The United Nations Under Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs will assess the situation in Kenya.

UN reports improved security, steps up aid to displaced                                                  (07.02.2008) The United Nations said today that security has improved slightly in Kenya, where the unrest sparked by December's disputed elections has uprooted over 300,000 people from their homes and agencies are increasing efforts to aid those affected.

US bars 10 leading Kenya politicians                                                                             (07.02.2008) NAIROBI, Kenya - The United States said Thursday it was barring 10 leading Kenyan politicians from entering the U.S., the first time Washington has blamed them for the postelection violence that has brought the African country to the brink of collapse.

U.S. bans 10 over violence in Kenya                                                                              (07.02.2008) NAIROBI (Reuters) - The United States has barred 10 Kenyans suspected of being behind ethnic violence that has convulsed the country since President Mwai Kibaki's disputed re-election, officials said on Thursday.

'Kenyan govt arming gangs'                                                                                           (07.02.2008) Nairobi - Kenya's opposition on Thursday accused the government of purchasing firearms to equip tribal gangs involved in ethnic cleansing.

Who’s to blame? It depends where you begin the story                                                   (07.02.2008) The tribal violence that has swept through parts of Kenya during the past month has been blamed on a disputed election. But in fact it has been simmering for decades, ever since British colonialists unjustly carved the country up - and Kenya’s own leaders followed suit.

Museveni Didn't Consult EAC Leaders - Kagame                                                            (07.02.2008) President Museveni should have consulted fellow East African Community leaders before embarking on a peace mission to Kenya recently, says Rwandan counterpart Paul Kagame.

Come back to Kenya, government urges foreigners                                                         (07.02.2008) NAIROBI (Reuters) - Information Minister Samuel Poghisio said on Thursday the violence in Kenya was diminishing and that most of the country was unaffected, so investors and tourists should not take fright.

Kenyan crisis talks continue as UN presses for deal                                                       (07.02.2008) NAIROBI (AFP) - Kenyan's political rivals pushed ahead with crisis talks on Thursday as the UN Security Council piled pressure on leaders to find a resolution and end weeks of bloodshed.

Kenya police charge officer with killing protesters                                                            (07.02.2008) NAIROBI (Reuters) - Kenyan police said on Thursday they will charge one of their officers with murder after he was filmed shooting dead two protesters last month in what rights groups and the opposition slammed as an extrajudicial killing.

Annan silent on bugging                                                                                               (07.02.2008) Two ambassadors an African and a European, who declined to be named confirmed on Wednesday that bugging devices were found in Annan's room at the Serena Hotel on Tuesday, an incident that is said to have infuriated the diplomat.

VP meets US senators and congressmen                                                                      (07.02.2008) Vice President Mr Kalonzo Musyoka, who is in the American Capital Washington to discuss the situation in Kenya with development partners, has urged senators and congressmen not to recommend any actions that may hurt the vulnerable in the country.

What Annan team discussed                                                                                        (07.02.2008) Talks towards unlocking the crippling impasse on Wednesday dwelt on the possibility of establishing a committee of inquiry into the presidential election debacle, vote recount, re-tallying and re-run of the presidential elections.

Villagers keep off forest due to frequent dumping of bodies                                               (07.02.2008) Tagwa villagers are afraid, indeed very afraid. Their Ngonde forest neighbourhood in Nyeri North District has become the dumping ground of bodies by as yet unidentified killers.

Kiai urges US to push for interim government                                                                  (07.02.2008) The Kenya National Commission on Human Rights chairman has called for a transitional government to oversee reforms and organise repeat presidential elections in two years.

Teenage girls targeted for sexual exploitation                                                                  (07.02.2008) Teenage girls fleeing their homes to escape post-election skirmishes and finding temporary shelter at the Nakuru Showground now face another threat.

Kenyan MPs banned from US                                                                                       (07.02.2008) Ten high profile PNU and ODM personalities have been banned from traveling to the United States over alleged links to the post-poll violence, The Standard has learnt.

Kenyan crisis talks continue as east Africa steps up diplomacy                                       (07.02.2008) NAIROBI (AFP) - Kenya's political rivals on Wednesday pushed ahead with crunch talks to end weeks of bloodshed as east African foreign ministers arrived for a meeting to shore up peace efforts.

Truth shall set us free, says ICJ                                                                                    (07.02.2008) The International Commission of Jurists has thrown its weight behind the proposal to form a Truth and Reconciliation Commission as proposed by mediators.

Sharp divisions over disputed poll results                                                                        (07.02.2008) The Government and ODM Wednesday appeared to be far apart in the quest to resolve the dispute over presidential election results.

development: Failure in Kenya?                                                                                     (07.02.2008) Let us draw the right lessons from Kenya: socio-economic progress remains our best tool to prevent conflict in the long run. But the relationship between growth and political stability is subtler and less linear than we like to believe ...

Kofi Annan Leaves Peace Talks in Limbo After His Hotel Room Is Bugged                        (07.02.2008) Former U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan may walk away from Kenya's peace talks after his security detail discovered his hotel room in Nairobi was bugged, according to a report.

Death at police post sparks riot                                                                                     (07.02.2008) A man who had been arrested on accusations of robbery died Wednesday at a police post. Shortly afterwards, residents of Katanga village in Thika District started rioting.

US slaps travel ban on MPs                                                                                          (07.02.2008) Ten MPs are among prominent people facing an imminent travel ban to the United States following the country’s post-election political crisis.

Economic doom looms: CBK                                                                                        (07.02.2008) Kenya can expect no new foreign investments any time soon as the world adopts a wait-and-see attitude in the wake of the political crisis engulfing the country.

Outlawed gangs exploit poll protests to terrorise estates                                                 (07.02.2008) Outlawed gangs have re-emerged and are spreading violence under the guise of post-election protests. They are roaming villages and towns, in Kiambu District and parts of Rift Valley, prompting thousands of young men to arm themselves and join them in evicting perceived “outsiders.”

Tourism earnings expected to drop by 60%, says KTB                                                    (07.02.2008) Tourism earnings are expected to drop by 60 per cent in the first quarter of the year reflecting massive cancellation of bookings that followed last month’s outbreak of post-election violence.

DAY 40

The Horn Region Victimized By External Interference                                                      (06.02.2008) The people of the Horn of Africa are going through a dangerous and trying, but at the same time enlightening, stage. The various conflicts and tragic losses of life in the region today is the direct outcome of the strategy of certain powers that seek to secure global dominance at the expense of the rights and precious opportunities of peoples through perfecting the art of crisis management by instigating conflicts where there was none.

UK Africa Minister meets Kiai, Kalonzo                                                                          (06.02.2008) The British minister for Africa, Lord Malloch-Brown, met human rights watchdog chairman, Mr Maina Kiai, soon after holding talks with Vice-President, Mr Kalonzo Musyoka.

Talks at critical stage, Karua tells MPs                                                                          (06.02.2008) Justice and Constitutional Affairs minister, Ms Martha Karua, has updated Government MPs on the progress in the negotiation talks.

Disputed election too hot for rivals to handle                                                                   (06.02.2008) Finally, the hotly disputed presidential votes tally, responsible for the post-election falling out which touched off mayhem on a scale never witnessed before in independent Kenya, found its way to the mediation talks table.

Military spies invade anthropology conferences?                                                             (06.02.2008) The U.S. military is not only interested in employing anthropologists. Now, they have started attending anthropology conferences. Anthropologist Caroline Osella from the University in London and one of the editors of Social Mobility In Kerala, is worried.

Must Read: Deadly Wizardry: Poverty in Kenya                                                              (06.02.2008) Last year’s take for the Nairobi Agricultural Show was a discreet 17 million Kenya shillings (exchange rate approx. 70 shillings to the dollar). The Show officials had already planned how to spend the money, when a message came from on high peremptorily demanding 9 million cash. Such messages cannot be ignored, sidetracked or answered negatively. The officials complied, and not a word reached the press.

UN delegation investigating in Kenya                                                                             (06.02.2008) NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) - A delegation sent by the U.N.'s top human rights official began a mission Wednesday to look into allegations of grave violations in the weeks of deadly violence since the country's disputed presidential election.

Museveni, Horst Kohler Discuss Unrest                                                                         (06.02.2008) AFRICAN countries are ensnared in a web of cyclical unrest due to rising discontent of mainly the youthful generation over mass unemployment and biting poverty.

Belgian tourist killed on Mt. Elgon                                                                                 (06.02.2008) A Belgian tourist died yesterday morning after being shot the previous night by a thug in Mount Elgon National Park where she had gone mountain climbing, according to a statement by the Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA).

Kagame Clarifies Position on Kenya                                                                              (06.02.2008) President Paul Kagame has clarified on the remarks he made last week on the ongoing post-election violence in Kenya. During a news conference on Monday, Kagame said he knew his suggestion that the army as the most stable institution gets involved to avert the violence currently tearing apart Kenya would be received differently by different people.

New Ethnic Violence in Kenya Diminishes Hope                                                             (06.02.2008) NAIROBI, Kenya – FRESH violence erupted in the Kenya’s Rift Valley Provincial headquarters city of Nakuru a day after Kenyan President Mwai Kibaki and Orange Democratic Movement leader Raila Odinga closed the vicious gap between them in a momentous handshake.

Fear as Annan's room is bugged                                                                                   (06.02.2008) The deep suspicions in the Kenya national dialogue process played out in the Presidential suite and meeting room of Serena hotel where former UN Secretary General Kofi Annan is being accomodated.

Crisis ripple effects felt across the region                                                                       (06.02.2008) NAIROBI (IRIN) - Unrest in Kenya threatens humanitarian and commercial operations throughout the Great Lakes region, potentially affecting more than 100 million lives, according to analysts.

Annan's Room Bugged, 100 Million Affected by Kenyan Violence                                     (06.02.2008) Until the recently disputed elections and ensuring street violence, Kenya held special status on the African continent. The vital role it played in providing stability is all the more evident now that Nairobi and the Rift Valley are embroiled in violent political conflict.

Irish money to go toward ending Kenya crisis                                                                 (06.02.2008) The UN has approached the Irish mission in New York and requested financial support for the Kofi Annan-led mediation talks in Kenya.

University's re-opening a lesson in peace amid diversity                                                   (06.02.2008) NAIROBI (IRIN) - Kenyatta University, the first public university to re-open since Kenya's post-election crisis began, has put in place elaborate measures to ensure learning goes on uninterrupted, despite continuing violence and tension in parts of the country.

EU official visits Kenya expecting swift 'breakthrough'                                                      (06.02.2008) BRUSSELS - EU Development Commissioner Louis Michel left for Kenya Wednesday saying he believes a swift political breakthrough can be achieved to end weeks of bloodshed following disputed elections.

Peace Corps flees Kenya                                                                                             (06.02.2008) NAIROBI, Kenya - The Peace Corps said Tuesday it has suspended operations in Kenya after weeks of postelection violence, another blow to confidence as business leaders voiced concerns over the turmoil's effect on the economy.

Annan plays tough diplomacy                                                                                       (06.02.2008) Former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan, leading efforts to end Kenya's post-poll political crisis, on Tuesday announced a raft of tough measures to ensure rival negotiating teams do not upset the talks.

Ethnocentrism is cause of violence in Kenya                                                                  (06.02.2008) One of the most damaging conflicts that affects the human spirit is created when someone feels discriminated by a different group.

Depolitise Ethnicity for Peace                                                                                       (06.02.2008) Following the post-election violence we have witnessed, commentators have written about ethnicity as a source of conflict in Kenya. However, ethnicity per se, in the absence of its politicisation, does not cause conflict.

Politics not ethnicity behind Kenya crisis                                                                       (06.02.2008) NAIROBI (Reuters) - Political manipulation rather than ethnic hatred is driving Kenya's post-election violence, says a leading author and scholar on the east African nation.

Kenya talks resume as regional ministers arrive                                                              (06.02.2008) NAIROBI (Reuters) - Kenya's political rivals resumed crisis talks on Wednesday despite preparations for a meeting of east African foreign ministers which has angered opposition leaders.

Rationalising the Country's Problem                                                                               (06.02.2008) Some people are good latecomers. Diplomats are in this group. The British top the list. At the onset of the fire in Kenya, no British diplomat came anywhere near the inferno. When others had visited the lion's den and returned safely, the British Foreign Secretary showed up in Kenya. Expectedly, he had made no difference by the time he stepped on his plane and flown back to London. Star appearance was all that his visit counted for.

Don't Cry for Me, Kenya                                                                                                (06.02.2008) Yes, "Don't cry for me Argentina". Sadly, I cannot write music. It does not end there; I cannot even carry a tune! But these past few weeks I have had this overwhelming urge to write some music - a dirge.

Kenya tells former envoy Clay he is 'persona non grata'                                                   (06.02.2008) Sir Edward Clay was never going to hang up his pith helmet when he retired from the diplomatic service as Britain's high commissioner to Kenya.

Crisis looms over Igad meet                                                                                          (06.02.2008) The Opposition party said Tuesday it is opposed to the holding of a meeting to be attended by Foreign Affairs ministers from member countries of the Inter-Governmental Authority for Development (Igad) in Nairobi on Friday.

Post poll chaos: Top CEOs warn of economic slump                                                       (06.02.2008) The economy is unlikely to register the predicted five per cent growth this year due to political turmoil.And 400,000 people could lose their jobs if the violence that has nearly 1,000 people killed and 300,000 displaced continues.

Red Cross facing challenges as victims are scattered all over                                          (06.02.2008) The Kenya Red Cross has called for better management of efforts to assist thousands of Kenyans displaced by the post-election violence. The organisation’s Secretary-General Abbas Gullet says although there was enough resources to cater for the over 300,000 people in need of humanitarian assistance, his organisation was finding it difficult to reach them as they were spread in so many places throughout the country.

ODM MP says his life is in danger                                                                                 (06.02.2008) Buret MP Franklin Bett Tuesday said that his life was in danger following threats by paramilitary police. Mr Bett said that he was coming from a peace mission in Sotik-Borabu when he ran into six GSU officers in Kericho Town who threatened him.

Team discusses disputed presidential poll results                                                           (06.02.2008) The Annan-led mediation team Tuesday started hearing presentations from ODM and PNU in support of their claims of victory in the presidential election.

Will the Police now arrest the real culprits or engage in witch-hunts ?                               (06.02.2008) Net closes in on chaos mongers - Police have started cracking down on people they claim incited protests against the disputed presidential elections.

Lifting the ban fine, but fix media law too                                                                        (06.02.2008) Finally, the Government has lifted the month-long ban on live media broadcast, following calls and protests from various quarters. Subsequently, a case that had been filed in the High Court in Nairobi by the Editors Guild was withdrawn, as it had been overtaken by events.

Depolitise ethnicity for peace                                                                                        (06.02.2008) Following the post-election violence we have witnessed, commentators have written about ethnicity as a source of conflict in Kenya. However, ethnicity per se, in the absence of its politicisation, does not cause conflict. There is evidence to suggest that where ethnic conflict has emerged in Africa, there have always been political machinations behind it.

Kenya opposition in rally warning                                                                                   (06.02.2008) Kenya's opposition has warned it will hold mass rallies if a regional meeting on the post-poll crisis goes ahead. The Orange Democratic Movement says it was not consulted about the gathering which could undermine talks being chaired by ex-UN chief Kofi Annan.

UN: Kibaki and Raila liable for Kenya                                                                             (06.02.2008) The UN is holding President Kibaki and Orange Democratic Movement leader Raila Odinga responsible for Kenya’s future.

DAY 39

US intelligence (if any): Kenya unrest could undermine anti-terror cooperation                   (05.02.2008) WASHINGTON (AP) - The U.S. intelligence chief said Kenya's leader is likely to try to cling to power and that recent unrest after a disputed election could undermine the country's cooperation on counterterrorism.

Into the Valley of Death                                                                                                (05.02.2008) With Kenya's crisis showing no signs of easing, the Rift Valley is bearing the brunt of the destruction. An on-scene report. - Like dusty and deserted cowboy towns in an American western, the empty villages crop up one after another along the cracked roads of Kenya's Rift Valley. Some, like Mau Summit, once a bustling community, have been reduced to ramshackle assemblages of burned-out shacks, broken storefronts and empty streets littered with the detritus of weeks of violence.

Kenya: Crisis - Museveni Offers to Join Mediation                                                           (05.02.2008) PRESIDENT Yoweri Museveni has offered to return to Kenya to boost UN Chief Kofi Annan's mediation efforts. Mr Museveni disclosed this at Monday's National Resistance Movement caucus at Statistics House in Kampala.

UK Africa Minister Meets Kiai, Kalonzo                                                                          (05.02.2008) The British minister for Africa, Lord Malloch-Brown, met human rights watchdog chairman, Mr Maina Kiai, soon after holding talks with Vice-President, Mr Kalonzo Musyoka.

Keep the Army Off, Regional Bloc Pleads                                                                      (05.02.2008) International Conference on the Great Lakes Region has warned that the military should not intervene in the political crisis.

Disputed Election Too Hot for Rivals to Handle                                                                (05.02.2008) Finally, the hotly disputed presidential votes tally, responsible for the post-election falling out which touched off mayhem on a scale never witnessed before in independent Kenya, found its way to the mediation talks table.

Annan Calls for New Laws                                                                                            (05.02.2008) Parliament will be required to legislate some proposals from the ongoing negotiation, former UN secretary-general, Mr Kofi Annan, has said.

EAC may send troops to Kenya                                                                                    (05.02.2008) The East African Community is considering sending a peace-keeping force to Kenya as one of the options in case the situation deteriorates, reports Anne Mugisa.

923 Have Perished in Post-Poll Chaos (states Kenya Government)                                   (05.02.2008) The number of people killed since post-election violence began stands at 923, while 219,485 have been displaced.

Maathai Praises Rejected South African Negotiator                                                         (05.02.2008) Former Tetu MP, Prof Wangari Maathai, has criticised PNU for rejecting South African mediator, Mr Cyril Ramaphosa.

Militia Behind Post-Poll Violence, Says PPO                                                                 (05.02.2008) A well-organised militia is behind the violence in which more than 20 people have been killed along the Borabu-Bureti border, Nyanza police chief has said.

IGAD foreign ministers due in Nairobi                                                                             (05.02.2008) Nairobi, Kenya - African ministers from the regional Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) are due in Nairobi on Wednesday to undertake a first-hand overview of the situation in Kenya.

Investors Cry Foul Over Rules On Losses                                                                       (05.02.2008) Investors who lost property in post-election violence have complained about the stringent rules on reporting the losses.

Ban Ki-moon to send top UN humanitarian official to Kenya                                             (05.02.2008) United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today announced plans to dispatch his top humanitarian official to Kenya, where more than 300,000 people have been forced to flee their homes due to violence which has torn through the East African nation following last December’s disputed elections.

Secretary-General's press encounter following his briefing to the Security Council on his recent visit to Africa (05.02.2008) - [unofficial transcript - excerpt relevant to Kenya] SG: Good afternoon, ladies and gentlemen. As you know, I have just briefed the Security Council on the serious developments in Africa. Over the past month, I have been deeply engaged in the evolving situation in Kenya. ...

Kikuyu Flee Rift Valley in Terror As Homes Are Burned to the Ground                              (05.02.2008) Local politicians are accused of condoning violence that forced out 500 villagers. Councilor Joseph Chelelgo said no one should call it ethnic cleansing just because his town's Kikuyu population had been burned out of their homes.

Kenya Honey-Gathering Forest Tribe Caught in Violence                                                 (05.02.2008) The violence that has swept across Kenya since December's presidential election has hit the tiny forest-dwelling Ogiek tribe, bringing to the fore grievances that have been simmering for years.

State to audit media as court case dropped                                                                    (05.02.2008) The Government Tuesday formed a task force to audit how media houses covered last year’s general election and the subsequent violence.

Kenya opposition makes new protest threat                                                                   (05.02.2008) NAIROBI (Reuters) - Kenya's opposition on Tuesday threatened new street protests if a meeting of regional foreign ministers chaired by the government goes ahead this week while the two sides are locked in political negotiations.

Kenyan opposition makes new protest threat                                                                  (05.02.2008) NAIROBI (Reuters) - Kenya's opposition on Tuesday threatened new street protests if a meeting of regional foreign ministers chaired by the government goes ahead this week while the two sides are locked in political negotiations.

IDP camps overflow as post-election violence worsens                                                    (05.02.2008) Nairobi, KENYA - As the political stalemate continues and violence associated with the highly controversial December 27th elections of 2007 escalates and spreads, camps for those displaced throughout Kenya are operating beyond their capacity.

US Peace Corps pulls its volunteers out of Kenya                                                           (05.02.2008) WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Peace Corps is pulling its remaining 58 volunteers out of Kenya because of safety concerns stemming from the post-election violence there, the agency said on Tuesday.

Number of Kenyan refugees in Uganda rises to 12,000                                                    (05.02.2008) KAMPALA, Uganda (UNHCR) - A UNHCR emergency response team has been deployed to south-east Uganda where the number of Kenyan refugees fleeing poll-related violence across the border has risen to 12,000.The small refugee agency team will be based in the border town of Tororo.

UN rights investigators to probe Kenya violence                                                              (05.02.2008) GENEVA (Reuters) - United Nations human rights investigators are heading to Kenya to conduct a three-week probe into violations committed in post-election bloodshed, a U.N. spokesman said on Tuesday.

Twelve dead in fresh Kenya violence                                                                              (05.02.2008) NAIROBI - Fresh violence in western Kenya has left 12 people dead, nine of whom were shot by police while they were attacking homes and a restaurant, police sources said Tuesday.

South Africa slams Kenya after mediator returns home                                                    (05.02.2008) The South African government launched a fierce attack Tuesday on Kenya after apartheid-era negotiator Cyril Ramaphosa was forced to abandon mediation efforts, angrily rejecting claims he was biased.

From Mau Mau To Mungiki: 50 Years Later, Kenya Is Still A Bloody Mess                        (05.02.2008) During the last few weeks, the world has watched in horror as rival gangs of Kenyan slum dwellers attack and kill one another. Even Members of Parliament are now being targeted.

VP calls for International Humanitarian Assistance                                                          (05.02.2008) Vice President Mr Kalonzo Musyoka has urged the international community to support Kenya's humanitarian relief efforts and later national reconstruction, following massive loss of property in the wake of post-election violence.

Guns Stolen From DO's Office Recovered                                                                      (05.02.2008) Four guns stolen from the Ainamoi DO's office in Kericho District have been recovered. Kericho DC Wilson Njega said yesterday that the paramilitary security personnel were still pursuing more than 200 rounds of ammunition stolen by marauding youths during the same incident.

Red Cross puts Kenya death toll at 1,000                                                                      (05.02.2008) Red Cross officials have put the death toll from Kenya's post-election violence at 1,000. Renewed fighting between rival ethnic gangs in the west of the country in recent days has seen an increase in the number of deaths.

Political violence leaves 1,000 dead                                                                               (05.02.2008) NAIROBI - More than 1,000 people have died and another 304,000 people internally displaced as a result of post election violence in Kenya, the Kenya Red Cross said Tuesday. Red Cross spokesman Anthony Mwangi described the vast Rift Valley Province as one of the most volatile areas.

Kenya government want court ruling on poll                                                                    (05.02.2008) Kenya's foreign minister Moses Wetangula has announced that the disputed presidential election should be solved in court. He was reacting to ODM's claims that ruled out going to court as an option.

Talks on Political Settlement to Election Violence Open in Kenya                                    (05.02.2008) Government and opposition negotiators in Kenya have begun talks on a political settlement after agreeing to help 300,000 people made homeless by more than a month of post-election violence.

Experts Launch Probe Into Killings                                                                                (05.02.2008) Eight experts brought by the Kenya National Commission on Human Rights (KNCHR) have begun gathering evidence on the post-election violence.

Politicians never worth a civil war                                                                                   (05.02.2008) ON THE morning of writing this article, I heard a radio news item saying that the meltdown in Kenya would top the agenda at the African Union (AU) Heads of State Conference in Ethiopia.

Annan: Kenya solution not about Kibaki or Raila                                                             (05.02.2008) Mediator Kofi Annan has warned that a resolution of Kenya’s disputed presidential poll will not be about individuals as the parties begun discussing crucial political issues today.

Kenyan refugees in Uganda                                                                                          (05.02.2008) This is a summary of what was said by the UNHCR spokesperson at today's Palais des Nations press briefing in Geneva.

Must read: Residents' distress cry lost in caves                                                              (05.02.2008) She grasps the rosary tightly, exhibiting defiance, not grief. Her two toddlers edge closer but she dismisses them tersely: “Go away, please.”

Kenya death toll hits 1,000, parties talk                                                                         (05.02.2008) NAIROBI (Reuters) - The death toll from Kenya's post-election bloodletting has risen to 1,000, the Red Cross said on Tuesday, as political rivals began the toughest part of their negotiations so far.

Displaced people to be taken back to ancestral land                                                       (05.02.2008) The Government will soon repatriate the displaced people in various camps in Nairobi and central Kenya to their ancestral homes.

Annan team agrees on steps to end poll crisis                                                                (05.02.2008) Government and ODM mediators have agreed on major steps aimed at resolving the political crisis caused by the disputed Presidential election.

Kenya Elections Crisis                                                                                                 (05.02.2008) Kenya faces a serious food shortage in the near future if the on-going post-election violence is not arrested in time. It is estimated that up to 500,000 people may have been displaced.

Child Abuse And Cheap Labour At IDP Camps                                                               (05.02.2008) The woes of families displaced by the recent wave of violence in Nakuru and its surroundings have assumed a new, but sad twist.

Violence slowing down humanitarian effort                                                                      (05.02.2008) NAIROBI (IRIN) - Roadblocks and violence across much of western Kenya are putting a strain on efforts to assist hundreds of thousands of internally displaced people (IDPs), according to relief workers.

Kenyans must respect the Constitution                                                                          (05.02.2008) For more than a month, Kenya’s Constitution, the laws, and the rule of law have virtually been suspended. A new doctrine has been introduced in that after an election, some politicians are free to operate outside the Constitution and procedures if their purported supporters can mount violence designed to paralyse the country.

Mystery of bodies dumped in mortuary                                                                           (05.02.2008) Mystery surrounds the dumping of six mutilated bodies in a mortuary. According to sources at the Central Provincial General Hospital mortuary in Nyeri, the police from Kiganjo, a few kilometres from the town, took the bodies to the mortuary last weekend.They were marked unknown.

US, Canada ban threat as talks register gains                                                                (05.02.2008) Pressure mounted on the warring parties to reach a negotiated settlement to the crippling crisis caused by disputed presidential elections, even as South African negotiator, Mr Cyril Ramaphosa, was sent packing after the Government rejected his involvement.

PNU and ODM agree on formation of a truth commission                                                 (05.02.2008) Mediation efforts have broken new ground - ODM and the PNU yesterday agreed on the formation of a Truth, Justice and Reconciliation Commission.

Ranneberger explains US stance on crisis                                                                     (05.02.2008) The United States has identified high profile personalities - both in Government and Opposition - who will be slapped with a visa ban soon on suspicions of fanning violence, The Standard has learnt.

Kenya's political crisis becomes frenzy of ethnic violence                                                (05.02.2008) CHEBILAT, Kenya: The former United Nations secretary-general Kofi Annan was due to try to push Kenya's rival sides to resolve the political crisis after weekend clashes undermined a deal that was meant to stop weeks of post-election bloodshed.

PNU And ODM Agree On Formation of a Truth Commission                                            (05.02.2008) Mediation efforts have broken new ground - ODM and the PNU yesterday agreed on the formation of a Truth, Justice and Reconciliation Commission.

Kenya rivals to discuss power-sharing proposals                                                             (05.02.2008) The rival sides in Kenya's bitter post-election dispute are due to discuss the possibility of power-sharing today in talks aimed at ending the violent unrest that has claimed the lives of at least 1,000 people.

 

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