News 2008


Deal to end Kenya violence 'in days'

By Ben Martin


The leaders of Kenya's warring political parties announced on Friday night that they had agreed on a plan to end the country's month-long spree of violence.

But even as the deal was being struck, the cycle of revenge killings continued, with at least nine people, including a policeman, murdered.

Kofi Annan, the former United Nations secretary general, said representatives of President Mwai Kibaki and Raila Odinga, the opposition leader, believed that they could resolve the crisis.

Mr Annan said: "We believe within seven to 15 days, we should be able to tackle the first three agenda items. The first is to take immediate action to stop the violence.

"The second is immediate measures to address the humanitarian crisis, the third is how to overcome the current political crisis."

Fighting has claimed about 900 lives and displaced about 300,000 people since the disputed election on Dec 27.

In Anaimoi, the home town of Daniel Kimutai Too, the opposition MP who was shot dead by a policeman on Thursday in a love triangle, a mob went on the rampage, killing a police officer and razing a government office.

In Ikonge, 240 miles west of Nairobi, witnesses reported seeing a 100-strong mob hack to death six people and kill two others with poisoned arrows.

The UN Office for the Co-ordination of Humanitarian Affairs said women and children had been raped in displacement camps, where sexual violence was being used to threaten and intimidate.