News 2008


Police arrest five in Eldoret church arson

Kenya Today


Mon, Mar 10, 2008

Police have arrested five suspects in connection with the Kiambaa killings where a church in Eldoret was burnt by rowdy youth during the post-poll clashes.

More than thirty-five people, most of them children and women who were seeking refuge from the violence in the church, were burnt to death in the incident that shocked the entire world.

Police spokesman Eric Kiraithe, while addressing a news conference in Nairobi, said police are in hot pursuit of 14 other key suspects.

Mr Kiraithe said that police will not give up in their efforts to bring to book all the culprits of post election violence.

This comes amid raging debate where politicians from the Rift Valley province are calling for the pardoning of offenders in the post-poll melee while a cross section of human rights activists demand their prosecution.

Over 1,000 lives were lost and nearly 350,000 people uprooted from their homes in the chaos that swept parts of the country after ODM contested the declaration of president Kibaki as the winner of the disputed December General Election.

President Kibaki and ODM leader Raila Odinga have since reached a political settlement that will see the latter take up the position of a prime minister which will be created through constitutional amendments set to be tabled in Parliament.