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 9 - 26th Feb. 2008 until 29. 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 63

"Real work" begins after political deal                                                                             (29.02.2008) NAIROBI (IRIN) - While lauding the agreement between Kenya's two main political parties on power-sharing, humanitarian actors say the hard work has yet to begin - resettling the displaced and reconciling all Kenyans.

Wikileaks.org Is Back, Judge Dissolves Injunction                                                          (29.02.2008) First Amendment Rights of Internet Users Upheld in Today's Hearing - San Francisco - A federal  district  court  judge  in  San  Francisco  today  rescinded  a controversial order that disabled the "wikileaks.org" domain name which had -- until two weeks ago -- pointed to Wikileaks, a website designed to give whistleblowers a forum for posting materials of public concern.

Peace and Poison Arrows in Kenya                                                                               (29.02.2008) Sharpened machetes were no longer deadly enough weapons for rural Kenyans during the ethnic warfare that scourged their country following December's flawed election. So they replaced them with poisoned bows and arrows — and an arms industry of sorts has sprung up to produce them.

Kenyan leaders say coalition deal can work                                                                   (29.02.2008) NAIROBI (Reuters) - Kenya's power-sharing deal could be made to work, rival leaders said on Friday, boosting hopes a process of reconciliation would now begin after post-election bloodshed.

Museveni salutes Kibaki, Odinga                                                                                   (29.02.2008) PRESIDENT Yoweri Museveni has congratulated Mwai Kibaki and Raila Odinga upon the signing of the agreement that will see an end to the post election violence in Kenya.

Crime reduces as ethnic aggression tops insecurity                                                        (29.02.2008) A police report released today says crime trends in the country decreased by 13 percent countrywide in 2007. According to the report, police recorded a significant reduction in all categories of crime in 2007 by double digits and recorded 63,028 criminal incidents down from 72,225 in 2006.

China welcomes agreement between Kenyan president, opposition leader                        (29.02.2008) BEIJING (Xinhua) China on Friday welcomed an agreement on principles for a coalition government  announced  in  Kenya. "China  welcomes  this (the  signing  of  the  agreement),  and appreciates both sides' choice of a political solution to the election disputes through dialogue and consultation, which has taken the interests of the nation and the Kenyan people into consideration," said Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Liu Jianchao.

Odinga: Kenya could fall apart if agreement fails                                                             (29.02.2008) LONDON (Reuters) - If Kenya's President Mwai Kibaki does not meet the terms of a power-sharing agreement it could lead to the disintegration of the country, opposition leader Raila Odinga said on Friday.

Healing Process Must Now Get Underway                                                                     (29.02.2008) The agreement signed on Wednesday between President Kibaki and Opposition leader Raila Odinga reinforces the adage that behind every cloud, there is a silver lining.

STATE OF THE NATION: I Accuse the Press for igniting post election violence: Fact or scapegoat? (29.02.2008) There is a grain of truth in the charge that vernacular stations fuelled the post election violence--just a grain. But caution was thrown to the wind in the Internet and SMS, argues Special Correspondent PETER ORIARE

Joy as Kibaki, Raila sign power sharing deal                                                                  (29.02.2008) Finally, the much-awaited power sharing deal that has been shrouded in controversy, but which held the only key to a peaceful and agreeable settlement of the post-election impasse has been signed.

Raila Odinga And His Nigerian Forty Thieves                                                                  (29.02.2008) Pius Adesamni looks at the recent Raila Odinga visit with Obasanjo and argues that African ruling classes are so prodigious in the production of political farce that all one needs to do is read African newspapers for absurd realities that no African writer has as yet to match.

I see light at the end of the tunnel, says Raila                                                                 (29.02.2008) ODM leader, Mr Raila Odinga, spoke about light at the end of the tunnel as a ray of hope shone across the country with the signing of the peace accord.

House to open on Thursday                                                                                          (29.02.2008) The first session of the Tenth Parliament opens on Thursday. This is the second time the 205 MPs,  sworn-in on  January 15,  return to  the House to  transact business. President Kibaki will preside over the State opening  of  the  House, a week after signing a power sharing deal with ODM leader, Mr Raila Odinga, to end post-election upheaval.

Leaders welcome ODM-PNU pact                                                                                 (29.02.2008) Central  Kenya  leaders  welcomed  the deal  between President Kibaki and the ODM leader, Mr Raila Odinga. Terming it as an act of statesmanship, the leaders were unanimous in their praise for the deal, saying it would bring peace and tranquillity.

Kikwete asks Kenyans to back peace pact                                                                    (29.02.2008) African Union chairman, President Jakaya Kikwete, Thursday threw his weight behind the pact  and  asked  all  Kenyans  to rally  behind it. The Tanzanian  President  said  the  long-awaited agreement  between  President  Kibaki and  ODM Leader, Raila Odinga, would  be  useless  without individual support from every citizen and goodwill, especially by the political class.

International community is not meddling in Kenya                                                           (29.02.2008) The scholars Achille Mbembe and Sarah Nutall describe Africa as ‘a space of flows, flux, of translocation, with multiple links of entry and exit points (a place) fundamentally in contact with an elsewhere’. The social historian Terence Ranger also, suggests this is why Africa can only be understood in terms of ‘questions of circulation, flows and transnationalism’.

We’ve begun the journey, but dangers lurk ahead                                                            (29.02.2008) Finally, the power sharing deal is out. It is not, of course, the ‘Kenyan solution’ President and his team, led by Justice and Constitutional Affairs minister, Ms Martha Karua, would have wished for. It is a bitter tablet from a pharmacy chain in the outer world.

The Agreement                                                                                                            (29.02.2008) Preamble: The crisis triggered by the 2007 disputed presidential election has brought to the surface deep-seated and long-standing divisions within Kenyan society.

Good work on talks, but task unfinished                                                                         (29.02.2008) The signing on Thursday of a historic governance agreement to resolve the crisis sparked off by last year’s disputed presidential election marks the beginning of a hopeful but challenging period for Kenya.

Kibaki pledges to unite and reconcile Kenyans                                                               (29.02.2008) Kenya’s most terrible political impasse was broken in a major breakthrough that took the best of five hours of intense haggling between President Kibaki and ODM leader, Mr Raila Odinga, at Harambee House.

Country celebrates peace agreement                                                                             (29.02.2008) The Government and ODM Thursday returned smiles on the faces of Kenyans and a sigh of relief to the international community by signing a deal to end the two-month political crisis. Kenyans across the country burst into celebrations after President Kibaki and ODM leader Raila Odinga signed the agreement at Harambee House.

A Peace Deal At Last                                                                                                   (29.02.2008) President Kibaki and ODM leader Raila Odinga Thursday signed a historic agreement to end Kenya's post-election political crisis. Under the deal brokered by chief mediator Kofi Annan and Tanzanian President Jakaya Kikwete, the leaders agreed to form a coalition government which will radically alter the way Kenya will be governed.

Kibor freed on Sh200,000 bond                                                                                      (29.02.2008) An ODM politician charged in a Nakuru court with incitement to violence has been released on bail. Chief magistrate Gilbert Mutembei said the prosecution failed to present sufficient evidence for the court to deny 74-year-old Jackson Kibor bail.

Australia welcomes power sharing agreement in Kenya                                                   (29.02.2008) I welcome the power-sharing agreement signed between Kenya's political leaders yesterday. The agreement reached by the leaders underlines the strong desire of the Kenyan people to reject violence and find a political solution to the recent crisis.

UK to hold donors meeting for Kenya                                                                             (29.02.2008) Britain is prepared to host a donors conference for Kenya to help the country build on a new power-sharing agreement, Prime Minister Gordon Brown said Thursday.

Parliament to reconvene to enact deal into law, says President                                        (29.02.2008) President Kibaki announced that Parliament would reconvene next Thursday to enable the enaction of the agreement reached Thursday into law. He said the move would also allow the two sides to play their roles in national reconciliation and development.

Big smile as peace finally comes to kenya                                                                     (29.02.2008) Nairobi (NSV) - Kenyan leaders, President Mwai Kibaki of PNU and ODM leader Raila Odinga, struck a historic peace deal on Thursday to end Kenya’s two months political violence, the Kenyan Daily Nation has reported. The violence was triggered by December 2007 General Elections that saw the incumbent Mwai Kibaki declared as the winner in a presidential race which observers and opposition ODM described as having been rigged.

Kenyans celebrate historic deal                                                                                     (29.02.2008) Kenyans have been celebrating the power-sharing deal to end the country's two-month political crisis. Thousands of dancing and cheering people poured onto the streets of Kisumu, the home town of opposition leader Raila Odinga.

DAY 62

What next for Kenya's power-sharing deal                                                                      (28.02.2008) Nairobi (Reuters) - Kenyan President Mwai Kibaki and opposition leader Raila Odinga on Thursday signed an agreement to share power via cabinet posts and a new prime minister's job, after talks to end a post-election crisis.

STATEMENT BY HIS EXCELLENCY PRESIDENT MWAI KIBAKI, PRESIDENT AND COMMANDER IN CHIEF OF THE ARMED FORCES OF THE REPUBLIC OF KENYA  (28.02.2008) Your Excellency Jakaya Mrisho Kikwete, President of the United Republic of Tanzania, Your Excellency Benjamin Mkapa, Your Excellency Kofi Annan, The Honourable Raila Odinga, Fellow Kenyans, Just over a month ago, we initiated the Kenya National Dialogue and Reconciliation Process, aimed at restoring normalcy in the country after a divisive general election.

Text of Kenya power-sharing deal                                                                                  (28.02.2008) Acting Together for Kenya: Agreement on the Principles of Partnership of the Coalition Government - Preamble: The crisis triggered by the 2007 disputed presidential election has brought to the surface deep-seated and long-standing divisions within Kenyan society. If left unaddressed, these divisions threaten the very existence of Kenya as a unified country. The Kenyan people are now looking to their leaders to ensure that their country will not be lost.

Power Sharing Deal Signed In Kenya, Odinga To Become PM                                         (28.02.2008) Nairobi - Signaling an end to a two-month-old political crisis that sparked bloodshed across Kenya, the ruling party and the opposition have signed an agreement to share power, leading to the creation of the post of a Prime Minister, which will be filled by opposition leader Raila Odinga.

Kenyan Rivals Reach Power-Sharing Deal                                                                      (28.02.2008) Kenyans Sign Pact for Coalition Government - Politicians in Kenya have reached an agreement aimed at ending the country's political crisis. Kenya was thrown into turmoil after a disputed election late last year sparked widespread violence that left more than 1,000 people dead.

Statement on Kenya Agreement                                                                                    (28.02.2008) I congratulate the people of Kenya for the agreement reached today. In the true spirit of democracy, the Kenyan people delivered clear messages to their leaders on the need for a political solution  to  the  crisis  their  country  faced.  President  Kibaki  and  the  Honorable  Raila  Odinga demonstrated courageous leadership to craft an agreement that put the interests of the nation first.

Save the Children's response to Kenya political agreement                                              (28.02.2008) David Wightwick, Save the Children's Kenya emergencies expert, said: "The political crisis in Kenya has been played out in displays of shocking violence that have scarred the country. If this settlement marks the end of that violence and the beginning of a healing process, then the agreement must be welcomed, embraced and supported. But this is only the first step on what will be a rocky road. Of itself this settlement does not mark the end, but only the beginning, of peace....

McKinnon welcomes Kenya political settlement                                                              (28.02.2008) Kenyan political leaders agree to share power to end crisis. Commonwealth Secretary-General Don McKinnon on Thursday warmly welcomed a power-sharing agreement in Kenya to end a political crisis sparked by the disputed outcome of last December’s general elections.

Germany, EU Welcome Kenya Power-Sharing Deal                                                        (28.02.2008) German and EU officials applauded a deal reached by Kenya's president and opposition leader to create a power-sharing government on Thursday, Feb. 28. Britain said it would sponsor a donor summit for the African nation.

Britain ready to host Kenya donor conference                                                                 (28.02.2008) LONDON (Reuters) - Britain is prepared to host a donors' conference to raise funds to help Kenya's economy and tourism sector after a power-sharing agreement ended a political crisis, Prime Minister Gordon Brown said on Thursday.

Statement on the power-sharing agreement in Kenya                                                      (28.02.2008) Kenya's leaders have reached a power-sharing agreement that represents a triumph for peace and diplomacy, and a renunciation of the violence that has scarred a country of such enormous potential. Common sense has prevailed, and the Kenyan people have the outcome for which they have hoped and prayed.

Will the deal in Kenya work?                                                                                         (28.02.2008) They have brokered a deal to end the violence in Kenya, but no one is doing cartwheels yet - Kenya's bitter political rivals have struck a power sharing deal, but will it work and can it end the violence that has so far cost the lives of more than 1,000 people?

Kenyans celebrate historic power-sharing deal                                                                (28.02.2008) NAIROBI (Reuters) - Kenyans sighed with relief on Thursday as two months of wrangling over disputed presidential polls finally produced a power-sharing deal to end a crisis that killed more than 1,000 people.

Kenya rivals forge coalition to end crisis                                                                         (28.02.2008) - while  police  fires  teargas  at  Odinga  supporters  celebrating - NAIROBI (Reuters) - Kenya's  president and  opposition  leader  signed a deal to create a power-sharing government on Thursday, hoping to end a post-election crisis that plunged the country into its worst turmoil since independence.

U.S. welcomes power-sharing deal in Kenya                                                                  (28.02.2008) WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States welcomed a power-sharing deal signed by rival Kenyan leaders on Thursday aimed at ending post-election violence that left 1,000 people dead, but said much depended on its implementation.

Key points of Kenya's power-sharing deal                                                                       (28.02.2008) The key points of Kenya's power-sharing deal signed Thursday by President Mwai Kibaki and opposition leader Raila Odinga: * Kenya will create the prime minister's post demanded by the opposition....

Gordon Brown hails Kenya coalition agreement                                                              (28.02.2008) The Prime Minister Gordon Brown has hailed the power-sharing agreement between rival Kenyan leaders as "a triumph for peace and democracy". Expressing relief that "common sense has prevailed", Mr Brown praised the move by President Mwai Kibaki and opposition leader Raila Odinga to form a coalition government.

Kibaki and Raila sign deal to share power                                                                      (28.02.2008) President Kibaki and Mr Raila Odinga have signed a deal that will see them share power through  the  creation  of  a  Prime  Minister  position. The  deal,  brokered  by  Africa Union chairman President Jakaya Kikwete of Tanzania and Mr Kofi Annan, will see the creation of a grand coalition sharing power according to party strength in Parliament.

Kenyan rivals sign coalition deal                                                                                    (28.02.2008) NAIROBI (AFP) - Kenya's President Mwai Kibaki and opposition chief Raila Odinga signed an agreement Thursday to form a coalition government and end a two-month crisis that has claimed some 1,500 lives.

Kibaki and Raila sign deal to share power                                                                      (28.02.2008) President Kibaki and Mr Raila Odinga have signed a deal that will see them share power through the creation of a Prime Minister position.

Kenya Rivals Agree to Coalition                                                                                     (28.02.2008) NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) - Kenya's rival politicians signed a power-sharing agreement Thursday and shook hands after weeks of bitter negotiations on how to end the country's deadly postelection crisis.

Kenya's rival politicians reach agreement                                                                       (28.02.2008) NAIROBI, Kenya (CNN) - Kenya's rival politicians "have an agreement," said former U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan Thursday. President Mwai Kibaki and opposition leader Raila Odinga had been negotiating for weeks about sharing power following the disputed elections in late December.

Kibaki and Raila must end impasse                                                                               (28.02.2008) Some political leaders seem not to appreciate the urgency of the situation, even as chief mediator Dr Kofi Annan belabours the fact.

True leaders owe us hope of creating a new Kenya                                                         (28.02.2008) Martin Luther King Jr may have delivered his famous ‘I have a Dream’ speech to fight for the emancipation of the Negro in 1963, but today, we can still draw lessons from it. Just like King, I have a dream that it will no longer be business as usual. I have a dream that those to whom we have entrusted leadership will wake up from their slumber and start working.

Response to alleged ODM strategy document                                                                (28.02.2008) The Democratic Party Secretary-General, Mr George Nyamweya, swore an affidavit on January 11, submitting a document called ‘Executive brief on the positioning and marketing of the ODM  presidential  candidate’  as  evidence  of  ODM  having  planned post-election mayhem. I am supposed to have been at the centre of this diabolical arrangement. It is a lie.

Pressure mounts to end crisis                                                                                       (28.02.2008) Tanzanian President Jakaya Kikwete Wednesday expressed hope that Kenya’s rival leaders will reach an agreement to end the current political crisis in the country.

ODM man sworn in as city mayor after deal                                                                   (28.02.2008) ODM councillor Geoffrey Odhiambo Majiwa was Wednesday sworn in as the new Nairobi mayor after a last-minute power-sharing deal with his PNU opponent John Njoroge Chege.

Teenager in relief food truck shot by bandits                                                                   (28.02.2008) A teenager who had been given a lift in a truck ferrying food to a refugee camp in North Eastern Province was shot in the neck by bandits.

Annan talks shift to Raila and Kibaki                                                                              (28.02.2008) Lead mediator Dr Kofi Annan made good his promise to directly engage President Kibaki and Mr Raila Odinga. It was a day of intense shuttle diplomacy and building international pressure.

Kibaki’s coalition proposal over post dismissed                                                               (28.02.2008) President Kibaki kicked a fresh power-sharing controversy by announcing he was ready to appoint a Prime Minister "in a Coalition Agreement".

Taxpayers could lose Sh300m in sham payments                                                           (28.02.2008) Kenyan taxpayers are likely to lose close to Sh300 million today should an Anglo Leasing-type irrevocable promissory note be presented for payment.

Raila tables ODM view on dialogue to Kikwete                                                                (28.02.2008) Tanzanian  President, Mr  Jakaya  Kikwete, met  ODM  leader, Mr  Raila  Odinga,  to jumpstart the stalled mediation talks. During the two-hour meeting at the Grand Regency Hotel, Raila gave the party’s position.

EU to act on those who stall mediation                                                                          (28.02.2008) The European Union has expressed concern over the stalled negotiations and called for an effective power-sharing mechanism. The EU presidency also warned of dire consequences to individuals who obstructed the process.

Rights groups demand justice                                                                                       (28.02.2008) Amnesty International’s Day of Action for Kenya was marked with a call for justice for victims of post-election violence. More than 57 human rights groups from Africa urged the international community to help document incidents of rights’ violations since the December election.

RIGHTS: U.N. Inaction Threatens "Mass Killings" in Africa, Asia                                      (28.02.2008) UNITED NATIONS (IPS) - The international failure to respond aggressively to the killings in Sudan, and more recently in Kenya, is threatening the spread of genocide and ethnic cleansing in other parts of Africa, a London-based human rights organisation warns.

Commission wants Wako, Ali dismissed                                                                        (28.02.2008) The  Attorney-General  and  Commissioner  of  Police failed in their duties during the last election and should be sacked, the Kenya Human Rights Commission (KHRC) says.

More calls for weaker presidency to end row                                                                   (28.02.2008) Abolishing the presidency is the only solution to the political crisis, human rights organisations claim. The Centre for Law and Research International (Clarion) and the Kenya Human Rights Commission (KHRC) said on Wednesday Parliament should change the Constitution and reduce the powers of the presidency by the end of next year.

Squatters invade 285-acre farm                                                                                     (28.02.2008) More than 1,000 squatters invaded private land and sub-divided it among themselves. Armed with pangas and hoes, men and women flocked the 200-acre farm at Kiwandani, near Kilifi town, as early as 7am on Wednesday as riot police and the Provincial Administration watched helplessly.

Police are probing 5,000 cases of violence                                                                     (28.02.2008) Police have started investigation into 5,000 cases related to post-election violence in Rift Valley Province. The provincial CID officer, Mr Mohammed Amin, told The Standard on Wednesday that 600 cases were already in court.

Suspected militia charged                                                                                             (28.02.2008) Security officers cordoned off the Kitale Law Courts where 205 suspected militia recruits were charged. The youths were allegedly found going through illegal military drills at the home of former Saboti MP, Mr Davis Nakitare.

Kibaki, Annan hold talks over PM position, powers                                                          (28.02.2008) Chief mediator, Dr Kofi Annan, discussed with President Kibaki and the PNU mediation team to kick-start stalled talks. The meeting at Harambee House offices started at 10am and lasted for about two hours before Annan and former Tanzanian President, Mr Benjamin Mkapa, left the premises without briefing the media.

Rights group claims lobbyists' lives in danger                                                                 (28.02.2008) Journalists and human rights defenders whose lives were threatened in the wake of the political violence are yet to get any protection from the Government, a human rights organisation has said.

Govt protests against British High Commissioner's summons                                          (28.02.2008) The government Thursday protested against the summoning of some of its Members of Parliament by the British High Commission.

The dead woman of Naivasha and her crying baby                                                           (28.02.2008) AT THE HEIGHT OF THE  post-election  violence,  a  photograph  that  has become the symbol of the crisis facing Kenya was shot by a Reuters photographer in Naivasha.

STATE OF THE NATION - Lords of Poverty have fanned hatred in Kenya over the years     (28.02.2008) It all started before independence when the British stole the land from Africans. Then the Africans who stepped into their shoes did nothing about it, reports Special Correspondent KALUNDI SERUMAGA

Nairobi gets mayor through consesus                                                                            (28.02.2008) In  a  major  political  move  that  showed  exemplary  leadership, Nairobi councillors yesterday closed ranks and compromised on power sharing at the City Hall.

Solana urges Kenyan parties to reach substantial agreement                                           (28.02.2008) BRUSSELS (Xinhua) - European Union foreign policy chief Javier Solana urged on Wednesday the actors of the Kenyan crisis to reach a substantial political agreement.

Stop the world, I want to get off!                                                                                     (28.02.2008) Let us face it, the world today is an agglomeration of events and impressions, most of which are “full of sound and  fury, signifying  nothing.” The word “most” is  deliberate  there, because interspersed in  these inconsequentially  gauche  episodes are  pixels of quintessential significance. Those who walk through with a perfunctory glance will miss them, but the pragmatic observer pales at their intrinsic importance.

Trafficking in Persons Interim Assessment                                                                     (28.02.2008) Released by the Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons - The Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act, passed by the Congress and signed into law by the President in  December  2003,  requires  the  Department  of State  to  submit  to  the  Congress  an  Interim Assessment of the progress made in combating trafficking in persons (TIP) by those countries and territories placed on the Special Watch List in October 2007. The evaluation period covers the six months since the release of the June 2007 annual report.

AFRICA'S PLIGHT                                                                                                       (28.02.2008) How Europe Lost Africa - The future of Europe's special relationship with Africa is at risk as  former  colonies  react  to a blasé,  if  not hypocritical,  European attitude  toward  the continent. European-style institutions could enter a profound crisis of legitimacy if things do not change soon.

Kenya - Model Or Myth?                                                                                               (28.02.2008) The  present  void  as exists  in  Kenya, says  Annar Cassam, is  very  dangerous for it renders both the elections and the observer missions irrelevant and robs the voters of their democratic rights twice.

DAY 61

"It Will Not Be Machetes and Arrows Any More, But Firearms"                                        (27.02.2008) NAIROBI (IPS) - Political analyst Kwamchetsi Makhokha has warned that failure of talks to address Kenya's political crisis could prove explosive. The East African country is trying to resolve a disputed presidential election that has already cost more than 1,000 lives - and displaced up to 600,000 people.

Kapchorwa Local Leaders in Arms Over Park Evictions                                                   (27.02.2008) Kapchorwa district leaders are irked by the eviction of the Benet from the slopes of Mt Elgon by the Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA). They have demanded that the exercise stops.

Kenya Government committed to dialogue                                                                      (27.02.2008) Following the suspension of sittings at the ongoing National Dialogue and Reconciliation by the Panel of  Eminent  Persons  led  by Mr. Kofi Annan, the Government Negotiating Team held a Press Conference on Tuesday, February 26th, 2008 and issued the following press statement.

Kenyan town plans demo over Obama Somali photo                                                       (27.02.2008) ISIOLO, Kenya (Reuters) - Residents of a remote Kenyan town plan a demonstration on Friday over a photo of U.S. presidential hopeful Barack Obama in Somali dress.

Kenya travel advice updated by UK                                                                                (27.02.2008) The British Foreign and Commonwealth Office today changed its travel advice to Kenya. We no longer advise against travel to Western, Nyanza and Rift Valley Provinces.

Breakthrough in Kenya negotiations as protests are suspended                                       (27.02.2008) Nairobi: Kenya’s opposition has called off mass protests planned for Thursday after President Mwai Kibaki said he would create a new Prime Minister post.

Kikwete's frantic bid to resolve premier row                                                                     (27.02.2008) AU  chairman  Jakaya  Kikwete  and  chief  mediator  Kofi  Annan Wednesday engaged Government and ODM leaders in a flurry of diplomatic meetings to unlock the deadlock over the prime minister’s position.

UHHCR says Kenyan refugees in Uganda too scared to return                                         (27.02.2008) Nairobi, Kenya - The security situation may have improved in areas of Kenya hit by post-election violence, but many of the thousands of refugees who fled to Uganda are still too scared to return, the UN refugee agency office here said in a news dispatch.

Government Rejects Sh500 Million Claims                                                                     (27.02.2008) The Government has said it will not pay claims worth Sh500 million in pending bills after they were found to be exaggerated.

No Arms! No Transfers! No Military Aid! It's Time To Demilitarize US Policy in Africa          (27.02.2008) Since the end of the Cold War, under Democrats and Republicans alike, the US has provided tens of billions of dollars worth of military aid, military training and arms transfers to 50 of the 54 nations in Africa. America's militarized foreign policy has transformed Africa into the poorest and most war-ravaged continent on earth, with several armed conflicts raging at any one time over the last two decades, and American arms and training a factor on at least one of each.

Land Value Tax Could Stop Disputes                                                                             (27.02.2008) For one Dr John Ainsley-an education veteran who has lived in the country for the last 30 years -the perennial land dispute in the country can easily be solved by imposing a just and fairly calculated land value tax. Through such an approach, the dilemma-which is how to equate land ownership and usership can be resolved.

How The Western Media Distorts the Crisis in Kenya                                                      (27.02.2008) A few nights ago, I received a text message from a friend in Kenya. Afraid of being attacked by members of the Kikuyu community, one of Kenya’s largest ethnic groups, he was fleeing his home. "Am ok," it read. "There were revenge attacks from Kikuyus, as the place is predominantly Kikuyu. Looking for another house."

What Reconciliation Really Means                                                                                (27.02.2008) There will always be disagreements and disappointments. We'll hurt each other from time to time. In a family, in the work place, between communities and countries - at all levels. Any time there's a long-term relationship it will go through its ups and downs. There will be periods of harmony and moments of conflict.

Sh1.2 Billion Presidential Campaign Funds Queried                                                        (27.02.2008) Presidential candidates in last year's General Election spent Sh1.2 billion in four months from September to December - and now they are being held hostage by their financiers, the Kenya Human Rights Commission has told Business Daily.

Mungiki and Taliban fight for space in Mathare slum                                                        (27.02.2008) Illegal militiamen are terrorizing Nairobi slums transforming them into no-go zones and killing or injuring innocent civilians on ethnic consideration.

Cross-border conflict main threat to minorities says NGO                                                (27.02.2008) LONDON (AFP) - Cross-border conflict remains the main threat to minority groups around the world, particularly in Africa, according to a study published Wednesday by a British non-governmental organisation.

Statement by Commissioner Michel on the political situation in Kenya                             (27.02.2008) European Commissioner for Development and Humanitarian Aid, Louis Michel expressed his utmost concern following the announcement by former UN Secretary General Kofi Annan that the talks between the Kenyan parties had stalled.

Respect the Citizens or Risk Future Violence                                                                 (27.02.2008) The African Commission on Human and People’s Rights must be commended for their call on the Government and people of Kenya to honour the human rights of the people of that great nation.

Pan African rights body to send missions to Kenya, Somalia                                           (27.02.2008) The Banjul-based pan-african rights body, African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights (ACHPR), is to send fact-finding missions to Kenya and Somalia "to investigate" alleged "serious human rights violations" in the two East African countries, the commission’s chairperson, Sanji Mmasenono, revealed in a press communique’ issued here Wednesday.

MSF continues range of activities throughout Kenya                                                        (27.02.2008) As all eyes focus on political negotiations in Kenya, MSF teams continue to provide medical care in Nairobi, Rift Valley, Western and Nyanza Provinces. Although the overall situation is much calmer than it has been in recent weeks, many areas remain tense.

Africa Unscrambled: Kenya's Quieter Peace Efforts                                                        (27.02.2008) I've just got back to Nairobi after spending a few days travelling through Ethiopia (about which I'll be writing tomorrow). While I've been away the negotiations between government and opposition appear to have stalled. But while the country's leaders have been struggling to find common ground, thousands of others across the country have decided not to wait for them.

Ex-corruption fighter warns that Kenyans could flee                                                         (27.02.2008) LONDON (Reuters) - Failure  to  end  Kenya's  political  deadlock  could  lead  to  more bloodshed and a "devastating" flight of the workers who have driven its economic success, an exiled former anti-corruption adviser warned on Wednesday.

ODM calls off Thursday's mass protests                                                                        (27.02.2008) The Orange Democratic Movement has called off rallies slated for Thursday which aimed at pressurising the government for a speedy resolution of the political impasse.

Mass protests called off in Kenya                                                                                  (27.02.2008) Kenya's opposition leader Raila Odinga has called off Thursday's mass protests after meeting ex-UN head Kofi Annan. Mr Annan is also meeting President Mwai Kibaki in a bid to salvage suspended talks on Tuesday after he said the negotiations had become acrimonious.

Odinga calls off Kenya rallies                                                                                        (27.02.2008) NAIROBI - Kenyan opposition leader Raila Odinga said today he was suspending planned protest rallies in a bid to keep talks aimed at resolving Kenya’s political crisis on track.

Kenya's opposition calls off street protests                                                                     (27.02.2008) NAIROBI (Reuters) - Kenya's opposition on Wednesday called off street protests to try and force a power-sharing deal, while President Mwai Kibaki said he would create the prime minister's post that his rivals have been seeking.

Kenyan opposition calls off protests                                                                               (27.02.2008) NAIROBI (AFP) - Kenya's opposition leader on Wednesday called off planned protests after mediator Kofi Annan pushed the country's feuding leaders to resolve deadlocked political crisis talks.

Opposition leader in Kenya delays protests                                                                    (27.02.2008) NAIROBI, Kenya (CNN) - Kenya's opposition leader Wednesday called off mass demonstrations that his supporters had threatened to hold the next day. Kofi Annan is meeting privately Wednesday with President Mwai Kibaki and Raila Odinga.

Annan to Press Feuding Kenyan Factions to Reach Agreement                                       (27.02.2008) Former U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan, the chief mediator in Kenya's political crisis talks, is pressing the nation's rival leaders to reach some level of compromise.

Kofi Annan in Final Push for Kenya Deal                                                                        (27.02.2008) NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) - Former U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan embarked on a final push Wednesday to squeeze a compromise from Kenya's feuding president and opposition leader.

As talks break down, army is Kenya's best hope                                                            (27.02.2008) Britain yesterday said that the Kenyan army is now "by far the best option" to stop a sectarian bloodbath as peace talks in Nairobi between the government and opposition were suspended.

Odinga still optimistic about solution                                                                              (27.02.2008) Nairobi - The Kenyan opposition party, ODM, has called off a mass demonstration planned for tomorrow. Party leader Raila Odinga has reaffirmed his conviction that it is possible for the political crisis in Kenya to be solved by negotiation. He said this after a conversation with the former secretary general of the United Nations, Kofi Annan.

Victim of Violence Statement                                                                                        (27.02.2008) Nancy Wanjiru: "Violence more out of jealousy than tribalism" - NAIROBI (IRIN) - Nancy Wanjiru, 32, has lived in Nairobi's Mathare slum area since birth. She believes the recent post-election violence in parts of the city, which resulted in the displacement of herself, her husband and four children, was more to do with economic inequalities than ethnic considerations because among her attackers were members of her own Kikuyu community.

President Kibaki meets with Kofi Annan                                                                         (27.02.2008) President Mwai Kibaki Wednesday morning at his Harambee House office held talks with Kofi Annan, the lead mediator in the Kenya National dialogue and reconciliation process.

What if the mediation talks fail?                                                                                     (27.02.2008) Kenya’s political crisis  talks  have  been  suspended  by the chief mediator, former UN Secretary General Kofi Annan. He has done so because both the illegitimate ruling party (PNU) and the opposition party (ODM), have not agreed on the terms of proposed power-sharing.

A disciplined force not immune to ethnic tension                                                             (27.02.2008) Kenya's military has an excellent reputation at home and abroad. Apart from a brief, failed coup attempt by air force officers against former president Daniel arap Moi in 1982, it has kept out of politics.

Annan Tries to Spur Kenya Talks                                                                                  (27.02.2008) NAIROBI, Kenya - Kofi Annan suspended day-to-day mediation talks in Kenya on Tuesday and said he would now take up the remaining divisive issues with Kenya’s leaders directly.

Kenyan leaders given a warning                                                                                     (27.02.2008) The US government has warned Kenyan leaders that it is exploring a wide range of possible actions against them if they continue to fail to reach a solution in their stand-off.

Sharing presidency won't pacify Kenyans                                                                       (27.02.2008) "If war is ever lawful, then peace is sometimes sinful," wrote author C.S. Lewis. Kenya has been transformed through a disputed December presidential election into a war-torn country, in which a thousand people have died because of fighting between two traditional ethnic tribes.

Setback in Kenya                                                                                                        (27.02.2008) As mediation falters, the gap between holding elections and sharing power grows. Hopes were  dashed  again in Kenya on Tuesday as  former  U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan suspended mediation  talks  between  presidential  rivals  Mwai  Kibaki  and  Raila  Odinga. The  power-sharing agreement that appeared within reach last week is proving elusive, and it's not hard to understand why.

Anti-Terrorism Forces Pull Out From Kenyan-Somali Border                                            (27.02.2008) Kenyan  special  RDU  anti-terrorism  armed  and  border  patrolling  forces  have entirely withdrawn from their main army base on the border with Somalia on Wednesday residents said.

Worst plan for Africa: Foreign aid                                                                                   (27.02.2008) President Bush's trip to Africa and promise of increased foreign aid will do little or nothing to solve the ongoing tragedy in most places on the south-of-Sahara African continent. Kenya is on the brink of a civil war. Over 1,000 people have been killed and another 300,000 made homeless.

Kenyan talks stalemate concerning - Michel                                                                   (27.02.2008) Nairobi - European Commissioner for Development Louis Michel on Wednesday said he was concerned by the failure of Kenya's political foes to reach a power-sharing deal to end the country's crisis.

Kenya’s children face attacks, rape and displacement if violence flares up again                (27.02.2008) Thousands more children risk being attacked, raped or forced to witness horrific atrocities if peace talks continue to flounder and there is a resurgence of the violence that has swept across Kenya following the disputed January elections.

2,000 NYS graduates to get jobs as police officers                                                          (27.02.2008) Recruitment of National Youth Service graduates into the police force has failed to achieve the anticipated target of 5,000 entrants.

Police seek former MP over training of militia                                                                  (27.02.2008) Police  are  looking  for  a  former  MP  after  a  group  of  youths  were  allegedly  found undergoing military training at his home. Kitale DCIO, Mr Issa Mohamud, said a warrant of arrest had been issued for the former Saboti MP, Mr Davis Nakitare.

Centre warns of doom if talks fail                                                                                   (27.02.2008) A failure in the mediation talks could spell doom, the International Centre for Policy and Conflict (ICPC)  has  warned.  Kenya,  the  agency  noted,  was  at a  crossroads  and  if  political protagonists do not find a common ground, the country could be thrown into disastrous ethnic flare-ups.

PNU team protests to Annan over talks delay                                                                 (27.02.2008) The Government negotiation team formally protested to the chief mediator, Dr Kofi Annan, over the suspension of the mediation talks.

Rice’s statement on mediation talks                                                                              (27.02.2008) The following is a statement by US Secretary of State, Ms Condoleezza Rice, on the mediation talks: "The United States is a strong friend and partner of Kenya. Since the outset of the electoral crisis, we have urged a political solution acceptable to the Kenyan people.

Government reacts to Rice’s speech on talks                                                                 (27.02.2008) The  Government  reacted  sharply  to  US  Secretary of State, Ms Condoleezza Rice’s criticism of Kenyan leaders for failing to end their political stand-of.

Resolve the crisis fast, says UN                                                                                    (27.02.2008) The UN has warned that delaying a consensus to the political crisis could spark further violence. This would lead to more displacement and further polarisation of society, Mr John Holmes, UN Emergency Relief Co-ordinator, said on Tuesday.

Discontent is bred of half-truths, social stratification                                                        (27.02.2008) Kenya, by any definition, comprises of many nations - often referred to as communities - that make one nation state. However, it also comprises of two types of people, who see their world from one angle, regardless of community, political affiliation, religious inclination or economic status. These are defined as those who are looking into the 21st century and others who will not get out of the 18th century.

Revealed: Inside the talks room                                                                                     (27.02.2008) A member of the PNU negotiating team engaged the Panel of Eminent African Persons in heated exchanges and is understood to have let fly comments that stunned mediators before the talks were suspended indefinitely, The Standard can report.

Talks suspended as US threatens to act                                                                        (27.02.2008) Mediation talks between the Government and ODM were suspended Tuesday as the United States warned that it would take action against whoever obstructs the peace talks.

STATE OF THE NATION: Raising funds to arm gangs for revenge poison delicate peace    (27.02.2008) On February 15, a group of professionals, business people and politicians from central Kenya held a secret meeting in Nairobi to discuss the post-election violence.

Bid to block Delamere son's appeal flops                                                                       (27.02.2008) A bid by the prosecution to have an appeal by Lord Delamere’s grandson Tom Cholmondeley dismissed has failed. This follows a decision by Court of Appeal judges Riaga Omollo, Emmanuel O’kubasu and Onyango Otieno to dismiss an application brought by director of Public Prosecutions Keriako Tobiko.

Amnesty plans protests for action on Kenya                                                                   (27.02.2008) Street protests and Internet activism are being encouraged worldwide today as part of Amnesty  International’s  Day  of  Action  for Kenya.  “Around  the  world,”  says  Ms  Ann  Corbett, Amnesty’s US-based Kenya specialist, “Amnesty groups will demonstrate solidarity with the people of Kenya and call on the Kenyan Government to protect people from politically motivated and ethnic violence.”

In search of transformation: Kenya's constitutional crisis                                                 (27.02.2008) When current Kenyan president Mwai Kibaki came to power in 2003 he promised Kenyans a new constitution within 100 days. The new constitution was seen as essential to prevent a recurrence of the abuses of President Daniel arap Moi's regime.

Kibor in court on alleged incitement                                                                               (27.02.2008) Eldoret politician, Mr Jackson Kibor, has been charged before a Nakuru court with incitement to violence. Kibor, who has been in custody for a week, will spend two more nights to wait for a ruling on Thursday his application to be released on bond. On Tuesday, Kibor denied the charge when he appeared before Chief Magistrate Gilbert Mutembei.

Kibor now charged with inciting violence                                                                         (27.02.2008) Eldoret politician Jackson Ng’etich Kibor was Tuesday charged in a Nakuru court with incitement to violence. A handcuffed Kibor, who was arrested last week in Eldoret, appeared before Chief Magistrate Gilbert Mutembei at 3.35pm escorted by three CID officers.

Man on incitement charge                                                                                             (27.02.2008) A 30-year-old man was Tuesday charged with incitement over incidents which happened after the disputed Presidential election.

The question of leadership in Kenya                                                                               (27.02.2008) I had the honour of training over 60 SIFE students from 14 Kenyan universities on leadership in business. The dark cloud of political and economic crisis hanging over Kenya did not spare our discussion on leadership.

Rice urges swift settlement of Kenya crisis                                                                    (27.02.2008) WASHINGTON (Xinhua) - U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, disappointed by increasing violence in Kenya, called on Tuesday for a swift resolution to political crisis in the East African country.

DAY 60

CONSTITUTIONAL CRISIS IN KENYA                                                                           (26.02.2008) Whoever reads Mr. S. N. Waruhiu’s book “From Autocracy to Democracy in Kenya” will be impressed by the amount of information and by the clarity of the analysis done by this author. Any reader who did not grow up in an Anglo-Saxon juridical culture will be additionally impressed by the fact that, in spite of the burden put on him by the bias of his Anglo-Saxon juridical education, the author was perfectly able to identify many of the sources of the present Kenyan problems, even if often without becoming aware of it.

Amnesty International Activists in Denver, Los Angeles and Washington, DC, to Join Global Day of Action in Solidarity with Kenya on Wednesday, February 27  (26.02.2008) Amnesty International USA activists in three cities - Denver, Los Angeles and Washington - will join worldwide demonstrations in solidarity with the people of Kenya on Wednesday, February 27, marking the date two months ago that disputed elections sparked political violence that has claimed 1,000 lives.

Annan opts for top-level involvement in Kenyan talks                                                       (26.02.2008) Nairobi, Kenya - Talks to end Kenya's political crisis have been suspended to pave way for direct negotiations between President Mwai Kibaki and opposition leader Raila Odinga on a power-sharing pact.

Kenya crisis national, says EAC delegation                                                                   (26.02.2008) THE East African Community (EAC) secretariat is not directly involved in brokering peace in Kenya because it is a national conflict. People are asking why the East African Community has not come out openly to participate in brokering peace in Kenya, but their matter is still national until pronounced otherwise.

Possible Actions To End Political Crisis In Kenya Imminent, Says Rice                            (26.02.2008) Washington D.C. (AHN) - U.S. Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice has called for immediate solution and "possible actions" to end the worsening political crisis in Kenya which resulted in thousands of deaths since it started during the Presidential elections in December 2007.

Kenya's rival groups gird for fresh violence                                                                      (26.02.2008) As residents pin their hopes on talks to resolve the post-election crisis, eyewitnesses in Kenyan say that militias are re-arming themselves for fresh attacks. Kibaki's supporters are allegedly being protected by the state, and witnesses say the notorious killer gangs, the Mungiki, which gained fame in 2007 for carrying out a series of beheadings targeting mainly lower-cadre government officials, has been fully armed.

Mediation talks suspended                                                                                           (26.02.2008) Mediator Kofi Annan suspended on Tuesday the talks to end country's post election crisis. Annan said he would now meet with President Mwai Kibaki and opposition leader Raila Odinga to try to spur progress.

Annan suspends Kenya talks to consult leaders                                                             (26.02.2008) NAIROBI (Reuters) - Former U.N. chief Kofi Annan suspended Kenya's crisis talks on Tuesday to consult President Mwai Kibaki and opposition leader Raila Odinga on how to push through a power-sharing deal.

Kenya peace talks end with no deal                                                                               (26.02.2008) Hopes of a solution to the deadly divisions in Kenya were dashed when talks between the  two  main rivals  were  suspended. Mediator  Kofi  Annan  made  the  decision after negotiations dragged on for weeks with several promised breakthroughs but no tangible progress.

Annan Suspends Talks to End Kenya Crisis                                                                   (26.02.2008) NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) - Mediator Kofi Annan suspended on Tuesday the talks to end Kenya's deadly postelection crisis after weeks of negotiations brought little progress. Annan said he will now meet with President Mwai Kibaki and opposition leader Raila Odinga to try to spur progress.

AU chief jets into the country                                                                                        (26.02.2008) Tanzania's President Jakaya Mrisho Kikwete, who is also the current chairman of the African Union, has arrived in the country for a two-day official visit.

Kenyan Talks Turn Ugly; Annan Suspends Negotiations                                                  (26.02.2008) Former United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan has suspended talks to end the post-election violence that has rocked Kenya as the negotiations had become so acrimonious that the situation had become "very dangerous".

Taking Stock of Election Violence Aftermath                                                                  (26.02.2008) It is two months since the violent fall out following the December 27 disputed elections. The country was engulfed by an economically debilitating series of mass protests, arterial network blockades, deliberate destruction of productive assets, as well as massive supply disruptions.

How Kenyan talks ground to a halt                                                                                (26.02.2008) Kofi Annan has decided  to  suspend  the  talks  process in Kenya. Coming more than a month since he  began  mediation  efforts  between  the  Kenyan government/Party of National Unity (PNU) and the opposition Orange Democratic Movement (ODM), it is a sign of considerable frustration.

Mediation: Kikwete travels to Nairobi                                                                              (26.02.2008) African Union chairman, President Jakaya Kikwete of Tanzania, is due in Nairobi this afternoon to support Kofi Annan’s mediation efforts over Kenya’s political crisis.

US Disappointed Over Kenya Impasse, Weighs Penalties                                               (26.02.2008) The United States is expressing disappointment over the continued political impasse in Kenya following last December's disputed election. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice says the Bush administration is considering penalties against those responsible. VOA's David Gollust reports from the State Department.

Rice demands action as Kenya talks stall                                                                      (26.02.2008) NAIROBI (Reuters) - U.S.Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice criticized Kenyan leaders on Tuesday for failing to end their political stand-off and said Washington would take "necessary steps" unless a solution was reached.

Rice presses for swift resolution to Kenya crisis                                                             (26.02.2008) WASHINGTON (AFP) - US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice on Tuesday pressed for a swift resolution to Kenyan crisis talks following post-election violence that has killed around 1,500 people in two months.

Rice faults leadership in Kenya crisis                                                                             (26.02.2008) US Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice has said the failure of leadership is responsible for the delayed solution to Kenya’s crisis.

Annan suspends Kenya crisis talks                                                                               (26.02.2008) Talks aimed ending violence in Kenya broke down today after the bitter rivals in the dispute about who won last December's presidential election failed to agree a power sharing deal, chief mediator Kofi Annan said.

Annan Upset over Kenyan Crisis                                                                                   (26.02.2008) The UN ex Secretary General Kofi Annan was annoyed at the incapacity of the Kenyan government and the opposition to reach agreements to overcome the political crisis, after long talks.

Annan suspends talks with Kenyan crisis negotiators                                                     (26.02.2008) NAIROBI (AFP) - Kofi Annan suspended Tuesday talks with representatives of the Kenya government and the opposition, citing a lack of progress in seeking an end to the country's political crisis.

Many Kenyan refugees in Uganda too scared to return                                                    (26.02.2008) MULANDA, Uganda (UNHCR) – The security situation may have improved in areas of Kenya hit by post-election violence, but many of the thousands of refugees who fled to Uganda are still too scared to return.An estimated 12,000 Kenyans crossed the border to escape inter-ethnic violence that flared in parts of Kenya after the December 27 elections.

Healing the children                                                                                                      (26.02.2008) KISUMU (IRIN) - One of the greatest challenges following the post-election violence in Kenya is to restore the physical and mental wellbeing of 150,000 displaced children, many of whom have witnessed atrocities and lost contact, in many cases permanently, with their families, humanitarian workers told IRIN.

"If there is no peace, we Kenyans are going to die"                                                         (26.02.2008) "If there is no peace, we Kenyans are going to die", says Roselyne Anyango. - KISUMU (IRIN) - Roselyne Anyango, 32, is an HIV-positive single mother who moved to Naivasha five years ago to work on a flower farm. When violence broke out after December's disputed elections, she and her two children, aged 13 and six, were forced to flee. Her elder child has special needs.

Kenya crisis talks resume under protest threat                                                               (26.02.2008) NAIROBI (Reuters) - A new round of talks to end Kenya's political crisis started on Tuesday with no clear sign of an agreement on power-sharing and the opposition threatening to resume nationwide protests.

Kenyan refugees' case pleaded in Canada                                                                      (26.02.2008) Local Kenyans facing deportation should get another chance to plead their case that they'll face violence if sent home, an Amnesty International official said yesterday.

Kenyan negotiators try to rescue talks                                                                           (26.02.2008) NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) - A sharp rebuke from the former U.N. chief and a visit from the current head of the African Union Tuesday added to pressure on Kenyan government and opposition negotiators to agree to share power and end a deadly dispute over presidential elections.

Annan Has Sharp Words for Kenyans as Talks Stall                                                       (26.02.2008) NAIROBI, Kenya - Kofi Annan has had just about enough - or so it seems. Mr. Annan, the former United Nations secretary general who is trying to broker a political peace treaty in Kenya, expressed rare public frustration on Monday, taking Kenya’s leaders to task for failing to compromise.

Annan pushes ahead with Kenyan crisis talks                                                                (26.02.2008) NAIROBI (AFP) - Former UN secretary general Kofi Annan was set to push ahead Tuesday with his attempts to mediate Kenya's post-election political crisis that has killed at least 1,500 people.

Kenya in the eyes of a Nigerian scholar                                                                         (26.02.2008) The success of the Raila-led Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) in last year elections was as a result of the decision of six political leaders to subordinate their individual ambitions and work together as a team. The ODM won in six of Kenya’s eight provinces and also won a majority of the parliamentary seats, and it was cruising to victory in the presidential election before the fraudulent declaration of Kibaki as winner.

Kenya crisis talks to resume after Annan threatens to quit                                               (26.02.2008) Nairobi - Kenya's rival political sides were forging ahead with talks to end the stalemate Tuesday, a day after mediator and former United Nations secretary general Kofi Annan threatened to pull out after seeing no progress.

MPs Query Transfer of 135 Officers                                                                               (26.02.2008) Two ODM MPs have questioned the transfer of 135 police officers from Nyanza Province to other parts of the country. The officers were to report to their new stations by last Wednesday according to the Nyanza Provincial Police boss.

VP assures Uganda of transit goods security                                                                 (26.02.2008) Vice-President Kalonzo Musyoka has assured Uganda of the security of goods ferried to neighbouring countries. The VP said Kenya will do everything possible to speed up the clearance of goods destined for Uganda.

All this talk about 'ancestral land' is sheer resentment                                                     (26.02.2008) I RECALL, FROM WAY BACK DURing the single-party era, a raucous debate in Parliament that came with those routine grouses about Kikuyu domination of many areas of the economy and the public sector.

STATE OF THE NATION: How to implement power sharing deal between the President and Raila (26.02.2008) It is not hard to see what will happen to Kenya if a settlement is not reached between the Government and the Opposition in the ongoing political negotiations mediated by Dr Kofi Annan.

Chaos victims felled by bullets                                                                                      (26.02.2008) The majority of the people killed during the post-election violence in Western and Nyanza provinces died of bullet wounds, according to a report released Monday.

Case against mediation to be heard next week                                                               (26.02.2008) A case filed by a parliamentary loser challenging the constitutionality of the mediation team will be heard next week.

Allies break ranks with Kalonzo                                                                                     (26.02.2008) Two of Vice-President Kalonzo Musyoka’s closest political allies have accused him of running their party single-handedly.

Charge Kibor or release him, Raila tells police                                                                (26.02.2008) Orange Democratic Movement leader Raila Odinga has demanded the release or the prosecution of arrested Uasin Gishu politician Jackson Kibor.

Light at the end of the tunnel?                                                                                       (26.02.2008) AFTER WEEKS OF HORRIFYING murder, rape and plunder, Kenya’s rival leaders appear to be inching close to a political compromise.

Lawsuit on mediation hits a snag                                                                                   (26.02.2008) An attempt to stop the adoption of resolutions of Annan-led mediation talks has hit a snag. The High Court declined to issue temporary orders to that effect, pending the hearing and determination of a suit challenging the mediation talks.

VP messed nominees’ list, MPs complain                                                                     (26.02.2008) Three Ukambani MPs have accused Vice-President, Mr Kalonzo Musyoka, of tampering with the list of nominated councillors.

205 suspected militia arrested                                                                                       (26.02.2008) Police have arrested 205 youths allegedly undergoing military training at the home of former MP, Mr Davies Nakitare.

Do leaders care about Kenya and its people?                                                                 (26.02.2008) The Kenyan people have remained anxious for a political settlement from the ongoing mediation talks and what could still prove a defining political moment for this country.

100 DCs, officials moved                                                                                               (26.02.2008) The Government made major changes in the Provincial Adminstration. The changes, contained in a circular dated February 22 and signed by Provincial Administration PS Mr Cyrus Gituai, also saw the reshuffle of more than 100 officials.

Kalonzo acting alone, say MP                                                                                       (26.02.2008) Cracks have emerged in ODM-Kenya. Some party MPs are accusing Vice-President, Mr Kalonzo Musyoka, of running the affairs of the party single handedly.

Chaos mar mayoral elections                                                                                        (26.02.2008) Nairobi lived up to its ignominious reputation when city councillors held a largely chaotic mayoral poll whose disputed results were referred to the Local Government minister for further direction.

ODM calls for mass action                                                                                            (26.02.2008) ODM last night called for mass action on this Thursday following the stalling of the Kofi Annan mediation talks. Secretary General, Prof Anyang’ Nyong’o, last night sent a letter dated February 25 to Police Commissioner, Maj Gen Ali Hussein, informing him that the party would hold nationwide peace meetings on February 28.

Annan: It’s now up to Raila and Kibaki                                                                           (26.02.2008) The search for a political settlement out of the post election crisis stalled after the Government side walked back several steps, changed positions on issues already agreed and threw the talks into a spin.

Give people a voice as we seek unity                                                                             (26.02.2008) Across Kenya, people are anxiously awaiting the outcome of mediation talks being led by former UN secretary-general Kofi Annan and renowned African campaigner for women’s and children’s rights, Graca Machel. Post- election violence has so far claimed over 1,000 lives and displaced at least 300,000.

Idealism does not always last in practice                                                                       (26.02.2008) Many times people start with high ideals of what a bright future would be once they remove whoever they do not like, but it does not always work out. Actualising the ideals often destroys the idealist and enables others who had little interest in the ideals to benefit.

No mayor for Nairobi yet as candidates tie in poll                                                            (26.02.2008) No candidate was sworn in as mayor for Nairobi. As widely expected, mayoral elections in Nairobi ended with no decisive winner and with one candidate forcibly taking over the mayor’s parlour.

Tourists urged to ignore travel advisories                                                                        (26.02.2008) Foreign missions’ assessment of Kenya’s crisis may not be accurate, tour operators have said. Through their umbrealla body, the Kenya Association of Tour Operators (KATO), they are blaming the current image crisis on the missions, who they claim have exaggerated the concerns on insecurity.

 

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