8 killed in continuing Kenya
07. March 2008
NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) - Eight people have been killed in separate
attacks in western and central Kenya, government officials said
Friday, underlining the difficulty of reversing Kenya's cycle of
postelection violence despite President Mwai Kibaki and his rival
agreeing to share power.
On Thursday, Kibaki urged lawmakers to pass the laws needed to
enforce the country's new power-sharing agreement that was reached
last week. It calls for Kibaki and opposition leader Raila Odinga
to share power after both sides claimed victory in the Dec. 27
presidential election. Their dispute unleashed weeks of bloodshed,
killing more than 1,000 people and exposing divisions over land
and economic inequality.
Julius Mutula, a senior government official, said attackers
suspected to be Turkana tribesmen early Friday shot dead two
members of Kibaki's Kikuyu tribe in Aiyam village, about 186 miles
from the capital Nairobi.
Mutula, the district commissioner for the central Kenya district
of Laikipia West, said that a group of suspected Turkana attackers
also killed five other Kikuyus on Thursday in two villages
He said that the attackers are believed to be seeking revenge for
the death of their fellow tribesmen who were lynched earlier in
the week for what Kikuyu tribesmen say was the theft of 15 goats.
In the western town of Kitale, a police officer on Thursday shot
dead a man who attacked him with a machete as police tried to
disperse people who had invaded a farm, said Bernard Muli, the
police chief of Kitale.
On Wednesday, about 60 men from the Luyha tribe invaded a 600-acre
farm belonging to a local tycoon, who is Kikuyu, saying that they
were going to divide it among themselves, Muli said. Police then
went into to disperse them Thursday resulting in a woman being
injured, Muli said. He also said police arrested 14 people for
invading the farm.
Tuesday, Kenya's unicameral Parliament is expected to debate two
bills needed to enforce the power-sharing deal, one a
Under last week's deal, Odinga will become prime minister and have
the power to "coordinate and supervise" the government — more
authority than Kibaki wanted to yield.
For example, in a draft constitution that Kibaki backed and was
defeated in a referendum in 2005, the president could appoint a
prime minister from any member of parliament and could fired the
premier at any time.
Under the power sharing deal, the prime minister must be the
leader of the largest party in parliament or a coalition and the
premier can only be dismissed by a vote of no-confidence.
Kibaki and Odinga must try to help more than a half-million people
who have been displaced from their homes and require food, water
and medical care. Kenya's Red Cross has said it knows of at least
500 children who were separated from their families.
There also is the matter of restoring one of Africa's most
Kenya, one of the most prosperous and tourist-friendly countries
in Africa, has seen up to US$1 billion in losses linked to the