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



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PART 4 - 29th Jan. 2008 until 04. Feb. 2008











DAY 38

REMINISCENCES ON THE KENYAN CRISIS                                                                (04.02.2008) YES, KIBAKI AND RAILA SHOULD BE HELD ACCOUNTABLE. However, I would like to share with you my reminiscences on the Kenya crisis. Here we go: “WHY DON’T YOU GO AFTER THE BIG MAN?”...

High Food Prices As Shortage Triggers Inflation                                                              (04.02.2008) Low supply of foodstuffs has led to an increase in the prices of cabbage, carrots, onions,potatoes and tomatoes.

Police Meet Over Crime                                                                                                (04.02.2008) Top police commanders in Nairobi were on Sunday holed up in a daylong meeting to discuss trends of crime in the post-election period.

Lovers of Justice Show the Way                                                                                    (04.02.2008) Justice is a condition of the ideal state of humanity, a morally correct state of things/persons or the quality of being right and fair.

Two Journalists Shot While Covering Riots, Another Assaulted And Her Camera Taken, Several Others Threatened With Death (04.02.2008) The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) today called on the Kenyan government to launch an immediate investigation into a wave of death threats against journalists after at least 8 senior journalists were targeted by a group accusing them of creating rifts in the country...

South African mediator bows out of Kenya crisis talks                                                     (04.02.2008) NAIROBI (AFP) - A bid by South Africa's chief apartheid-era negotiator to help broker crisis talks in Kenya failed on Monday as thousands of terrified families continued to flee attacks in the Rift Valley.

Rule by fear or rule by law?                                                                                           (04.02.2008) Since 9/11, and seemingly without the notice of most Americans, the federal government has assumed the authority to institute martial law, arrest a wide swath of dissidents (citizen and noncitizen alike), and detain people without legal or constitutional recourse in the event of "an emergency influx of immigrants in the U.S., or to support the rapid development of new programs."

Did Kufuor Fail Africans?                                                                                              (04.02.2008) The AU today is probably very different from what Dr Nkrumah and others thought about. The population has increase astronomically, new diseases are plaguing our people and resources are dwindling. However, the aims and objectives remain pretty the same but the achievements and progress has become is difficult to notice.

Kenya long-term sovereign ratings cut to 'B' - S&P                                                          (04.02.2008) MUMBAI (Thomson Financial) - Standard & Poor's Ratings Services said it lowered its long-term sovereign ratings on Kenya to 'B' from 'B+', and removed them from negative watch. The outlook on the rating is negative.

First lady dismisses Imanyara allegations                                                                      (04.02.2008) The government has refuted the allegations made by the Member of Parliament for Imenti Central, Gitobu Imanyara that he was assaulted by the First Lady, H.E. Mrs. Lucy Kibaki three weeks ago.

Kenya unrest stalls rail traffic with Uganda                                                                     (04.02.2008) NAIROBI (Reuters) - A private consortium managing the railway line between Kenya and Uganda said on Monday Kenya's post-election unrest had paralysed traffic, severing landlocked Uganda's trade lifeline to the port of Mombasa.

Kenya legislator says first lady assaulted him                                                                (04.02.2008) NAIROBI (Reuters) - A Kenyan legislator accused First Lady Lucy Kibaki of physically assaulting him at a meeting at the official State House residence three weeks ago and said he planned to sue her.

Fake Police-Man Arrested Following Spate of Robberies                                                 (04.02.2008) Police in Baringo have arrested a man they claim had been posing as an Administration Police officer. Area divisional police boss Peter Njenga said a G3 rifle, 20 rounds of ammunition and AP's uniform were recovered from the suspect.

Kenya Government rejects Ramaphosa                                                                          (04.02.2008) The Kenyan government and governing party has rejected South Africa tycoon Cyril Ramaphosa who was brought in by Kofi Annan as an alternate chief chair in the Kenya National Dialogue process.

Annan crushed by Ramaphosa's withdrawal from Kenya                                                  (04.02.2008) Former UN Secretary General Kofi Annan is bitterly disappointed by the withdrawal of negotiator Cyril Ramaphosa in the Kenyan mediation talks. This follows government reservations over his role as key negotiator. Ramaphosa would not continue, without the full confidence and support, of all parties.

O'Shea calls for deployment of UN troops in Kenya                                                         (04.02.2008) GOAL chief executive John O'Shea is calling for the deployment of UN peacekeepers to halt ethnic violence in Kenya. Almost 1,000 people have been killed over the past month during ethnic attacks triggered by the re-election of President Mwai Kibaki following a disputed vote.

Tribal hatred claims its first online casualty                                                                    (04.02.2008) When conflicts erupted in Kenya after the elections, many fingers pointed at the newspapers and radio as the sources of hatred and fanning the fires of tribal hatred that have been lit over time. None focussed much on blogs and online forums.

Intellectuals fail in times of crisis                                                                                   (04.02.2008) What is the role of the intellectual in times of crisis? Do ideas make any difference in the management of public affairs? Can the imperative to act to change things be reconciled to moral demands?

Institutions Have Failed Kenyans - Kagame                                                                    (04.02.2008) President Paul Kagame on Monday said the ongoing post election chaos in Kenya have become difficult to deal with because the institutions supposed to do just that have either "failed, are not there or have been compromised", RNA reports.

Agony in camps as MPs appeal for peace                                                                      (04.02.2008) About 300,000 Kenyans are still sheltering in at least 44 makeshift camps one month after the disputed presidential election results sparked violence and riots in across the country.

South African mediator bows out of Kenya crisis talks                                                     (04.02.2008) NAIROBI (AFP) - A bid by South Africa's top apartheid-era negotiator to help broker crisis talks in Kenya failed on Monday after the government accused him of being biased in favour of the opposition.

As Kenya descends into anarchy, there's no sign of an end of the tribal bloodshed            (04.02.2008) Once the jewel of post-colonial Africa, Kenya boasted a thriving economy and was among the world's leading luxury holiday destinations. Nowit's in meltdown with democracy in ruins and more than 1,000 dead in barbaric clashes.

Officials grapple with implications of sending IDPs "home"                                               (04.02.2008) NAIROBI (IRIN) - UN and Red Cross officials briefed negotiators from Kenya's political parties meeting on 4 February as part of a dialogue aimed at resolving the political crisis.

Envoys Plead for Peace                                                                                                (04.02.2008) Diplomats have appealed for calm as mediation talks are on going. Speaking in Naivasha while on a tour of camps hosting displaced people, they said it would take long for the economy to recover from the effects of the crisis.

Fragile path of Kenya peacemaking                                                                               (04.02.2008) After the first few days of talks intended to find a solution to the Kenyan election crisis, the impressions emanating from the room where the Kenyan government and the opposition have been negotiating were generally quite favourable.

Kenya lifts ban on live broadcasts                                                                                  (04.02.2008) The Kenyan government on Monday lifted a ban on live broadcasts imposed over a month ago as violence erupted over the outcome of a hotly contested presidential election, the Information Ministry said.

Annan urges Kenya to form truth, reconciliation body                                                      (04.02.2008) NAIROBI (Reuters) - Former U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan on Monday called on Kenya to set up a truth and reconciliation commission to help heal divisions after more than a month of politically-motivated ethnic unrest.

Kenya lifts ban on live broadcasts                                                                                  (04.02.2008) NAIROBI (Reuters) - Kenya's government on Monday lifted a ban on live broadcasting imposed after President Mwai Kibaki's disputed Dec. 27 re-election in what it said at the time was an effort to prevent the incitement of violence.

Leaders Call for Saitoti's Sacking Over Ineffectiveness                                                     (04.02.2008) Two MPs have called for the sacking of Internal Security minister, Prof George Saitoti. Two MPs said Saitoti had proved to be an ineffective minister to be entrusted with the critical Internal Security docket.

Kenyan school for homeless children torched, teachers attacked, in postelection turmoil   (04.02.2008) SUGOI, Kenya - They survived life on the streets, drug use and beatings before finding refuge at a children's home in western Kenya.

Kenya domestic tourism hit hardest, Kenya Airways recommends staff to take leave         (04.02.2008) NAIROBI, Kenya (eTN) - The absence of sufficient foreign tourist visitors in Kenya, needed to maintain the tourism industry’s occupancy figures, is being compounded by the collapse of the domestic tourism segment.

Kenya-Election Violence                                                                                               (04.02.2008) NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) - Kenyan officials said Monday that security had improved enough to lift a monthlong ban on live television broadcasts that officials had feared could stoke more violence.

Don't Give in to Climate of Fear                                                                                     (04.02.2008) Lives have been lost and continue to be lost. Women have been raped - many of whom find themselves now forced into transactional sex to obtain basic goods and services within the internally displaced camps all over the country.

Kenya rivals return to talks but mediator pulls out                                                           (04.02.2008) NAIROBI (Reuters) - Former U.N. chief Kofi Annan said Kenya's feuding politicians had agreed a roadmap on Monday to end more than a month of bloodshed, but his efforts to heal deep ethnic divisions hit a setback as a top mediator quit.

Why Kenya is burning                                                                                                  (04.02.2008) The solution for Kenya lies in an inclusive government of national unity comprising Kenyans who care for their country and who are willing to be held accountable for their actions...

Killing Kenya                                                                                                               (04.02.2008) In the spiraling tribal violence, the moderates who are its best hope for the future are the first to die. Melitus Mugabe Were was a rarity among Kenyan politicians, a moderate who straddled the divides rending the country. A freshman lawmaker in parliament, he was a man who could have mediated between extremists in both the ruling party and the opposition, those who are fueling the violence that has left about 800 people dead in the past month and wrecked the infrastructure that turned Kenya into one of Africa's most promising and prosperous democracies.

Peace talks resume to end violence in Kenya after opposition calls for international troops (04.02.2008) BONDO, Kenya: Kenya's opposing political forces resumed peace talks Monday, in a push to end weeks of violence that has wracked this East African country once considered one of the most stable on the continent.

Ogiek killed like rabbits by rampant militia in Kenya                                                        (04.02.2008) Realizing that the Ogiek had fled the area around Chepyuk and took refuge at Teldet and Chepkitale, the Sabaot Land Defense Force (SLDF), Kenya's most dangerous and notorious, at least 1000 men strong armed militia, has now taken advantage of the lawlessness and the commitments of the police elsewhere to hunt and kill the Ogiek like rabbits.

Speed up talks, Kalembe tells Annan team                                                                    (04.02.2008) Former Kibwezi MP, Mr Kalembe Ndile, wants former UN Secretary-General, Mr Kofi Annan, to speed up the mediation talks. Ndile said Annan should give a verdict that would restore peace instead of spending more time listening to MPs from both parties.

Hopes and fears as talks enter key stage                                                                       (04.02.2008) EASTANDARD - Kenyans face the moment of truth this week when the Kofi Annan-led mediation talks enter the most crucial stage, even as Opposition leader Mr Raila Odinga called for foreign peacekeepers.

Firms face test of boosting ethnic diversity                                                                     (04.02.2008) “We cannot divorce ourselves from is happening in the community, since it is from these communities that we seek the talent.” February 04, 2008: Human Resource managers are facing a tough time following the outbreak of violence in parts of the country - and the task ahead is arduous.

Museveni censured over troops allegations                                                                     (04.02.2008) Uganda’s opposition leaders have tasked President Yoweri Museveni to respond to persistent accusations about the country’s military involvement in the raging unrest in Kenya.

DAY 37

Kalonzo Defends Joining Kibaki's Government                                                                (03.02.2008) Vice-President Kalonzo Musyoka has defended ODM-Kenya's decision to join the Party of National Unity (PNU). "It was a strategic decision in the best interest of the party," said Kalonzo. He said his decision did not mean that the General Election was flawless.

Country Learnt Vote Rigging From Nigeria - Watchdog                                                    (03.02.2008) Washington's failure to condemn the rigging of Nigeria's election a year ago left the impression in Nairobi that vote fraud would be tolerated, a leading human rights group charged on Friday.

Land And Inequalities Cause of Unrest, Say Imams                                                        (03.02.2008) Land is at the centre of the current crisis, the Council of Imams and Preachers of Kenya (CIPK) has said. In an open letter to the former UN Secretary General Mr Kofi Annan, CIPK Secretary General, Sheikh Mohammed Dor, said the former regimes are to blame for contributing to the current crisis.

We Must Give Land Reforms Priority                                                                             (03.02.2008) The importance of land in our social and economic development, peace and security, cannot be gainsaid. Therefore, a suitable land policy framework as a basis for securing land rights to improve livelihoods and facilitate sustainable economic development remains a priority for Kenya, eastern Africa and the continent.

Fear and hope aplenty on Kenya's streets                                                                      (03.02.2008) The feeling on the ground in the Kenyan capital Nairobi following the outbreak of political and ethnic violence is one of fear, but overshadowing fear is hope, writes Michael Appel.

African Chiefs Can Save Country If They Want to                                                            (03.02.2008) Kenya is on fire. What was thought to be 'pockets of violence' as the Kenya government spokesperson once put it seems to have mutated into a wild fire devouring the country from Western to Naivasha, 45 minutes away from Nairobi.

Villagers flee police crackdown                                                                                      (03.02.2008) Nairobi - Thousands of villagers fled a police crackdown in western Kenya, police said Sunday, a day after dozens were killed in fresh violence that threatened hopes for an accord by political rivals to make efforts to end weeks of violence.

ODM cannot challenge Kibaki's election in court                                                             (03.02.2008) ODM can no longer challenge the election of Mr Kibaki as President through an election petition in court because the 28-day period within which an election petition should be filed in court has elapsed.

Rwandan President suggests Army takeover for Kenya                                                   (03.02.2008) The President of Rwanda, Paul Kagame, whose country suffered a genocide in 1994, said an intervention by the military may be the only way to halt Kenya’s escalating ethnic bloodshed.

Firms Pull Out of Sh70m Agricultural Project                                                                  (03.02.2008) GREAT NEWS: Corporate Mafia Pulls Out of GM Project - Let the few corporate NGOs cry over loss of their industry-sponsorship, but sleeping with the enemy never has been beneficial for the people. - Monsato and Syngenta have apparently pulled out of an ambitious, Sh70 million (US$10-million) agricultural project because it does not emphasise or recognise the significant contribution of modern biotechnology in agricultural development and poverty reduction.

Kenya violence: 'We waited, now we'll chop them to bits'                                                 (03.02.2008) THE tragedy of Kenya’s violence was etched on the face of James Kamau, a softly spoken 43-year-old biology teacher, as he steeled himself to search Nakuru city mortuary for his murdered brother-in-law this weekend.

Kenyan peace deal in jeopardy after one day                                                                  (03.02.2008) A day-old peace deal for Kenya appeared to be in jeopardy after President Mwai Kibaki blamed his opposition rivals for hundreds of deaths since his disputed re-election.

Kenya opposition calls for calm                                                                                     (03.02.2008) Kenya's opposition leader has called for international peacekeepers to help restore calm in a country once considered one of the most stable on the continent, as weeks of violence linked to the disputed presidential election gathered frightening momentum.

Kenya opposition leader calls for foreign peacekeepers                                                   (03.02.2008) BONDO, Kenya (AFP) - Kenyan opposition leader Raila Odinga on Sunday called for the deployment of foreign peacekeepers to stem the country's escalating violence, saying security forces were not partial in crackdowns.

Wave of anarchy blamed on Kenya's 'General Coward'                                                     (03.02.2008) As the post-election death toll nears 1,000 and towns go up in flames, more Kenyans are saying the 'holy' President and his elite advisers are to blame. Mount Kenya rises in the distance, its glaciers reflecting the sharp morning light. Tea bushes cover the slopes around the huge estate, with its high walls and three separate entrances, one manned by heavily armed policemen.

Kenya Opposition Wants AU Peacekeepers                                                                   (03.02.2008) BONDO, Kenya (AP) - Kenya's opposition leader on Sunday called for international peacekeepers to help restore calm in a country once considered one of the most stable on the continent, as weeks of violence linked to the disputed presidential election gathered frightening momentum.

No return to era of assassinations                                                                                 (03.02.2008) THE MURDER OF TWO MEMBERS OF PARLIAMENT in a span of three days has raised questions about whether Kenya has really outgrown the culture of assassinations that were a common feature of political life from Independence till the early 1990s?

Kenya should come out of denial and do everything by tribe only                                      (03.02.2008) A few hundreds of years ago, when syphilis was busy eating away at the Europeans, each nation was blaming it on its neighbours. The British angrily called it the French disease because, after all, the French were supposed to be more permissive. The French in retaliation called it the English disease.

Coping with violent change                                                                                            (03.02.2008) Kenya was an example of socioeconomic progress at work: despite the current conflict, that advance must continue.

Gunshots as police battle youths in Sotik                                                                      (03.02.2008) Fighting raged along the Sotik-Borabu districts border Saturday as unconfirmed reports indicated that at least 10 people have been killed in tribal attacks. Fighting went on from Friday night to yesterday morning. Gunshots rent the air yesterday morning as police battled the marauding youths.

Protect activists, says Amnesty                                                                                    (03.02.2008) Amnesty international wants President Kibaki and Attorney General Amos Wako directly petitioned over threats made to a number of leading human rights campaigners in the country.

Raiders kill man in Mau Narok chaos                                                                             (03.02.2008) While the mediation process seems to be taking root, the suffering and killings of people continued around the country. In Mau Narok, one person died and another was seriously injured in fresh flare up of violence.

Is the AU a club for dictators in Africa?                                                                          (03.02.2008) At the end of the African Union summit in Addis Ababa on Saturday, the continental body’s new chairman, Tanzanian President Jakaya Kikwete, issued a statement attacking Chadian rebels who were advancing on the presidential palace in N’Djamena to oust President Idriss Deby. Kikwete said the AU will not accept the mutineers because of the undemocratic way they were seeking power, and pledged to suspend Chad from the union if the rebels prevailed over loyal forces. ---> At the same summit, Kenya’s Mwai Kibaki delivered a statement that was condemned by the opposition ODM that accuses him of stealing last month’s elections, for undermining peace talks in Nairobi between the party and Kibaki’s side. Kibaki had reassured the meeting of Kenya’s security situation and blamed the Opposition and unnamed foreign governments of instigating violence....

Gangs clash ahead of talks to end Kenya crisis                                                              (03.02.2008) CHEBILAT, Kenya (Reuters) - Gangs of youths from rival ethnic groups armed with clubs, bows and machetes clashed in Kenya's Rift Valley on Sunday, shouting war cries, firing salvos of arrows and pelting each other with rocks.

Kenya violence kills 13 ahead of peace talks: police                                                        (03.02.2008) NAIROBI (AFP) - Clashes in western Kenya left 13 people dead, police said Sunday, taking the weekend death toll to 70 ahead of talks on a roadmap for peace more than a month after disputed elections.

The sorry state of the economy                                                                                     (03.02.2008) After more than a month of political stand-off and persistent violence, the economy is spiraling to a halt. No one has been spared. Handcart pushers and hawkers, neighbourhood shopkeepers and multi-nationals are affected. So are real estate tycoons, hotels, farmers, airlines, and players in rail and road transport.

Kenya will be free once Kibaki and Raila free their ‘hostages’                                           (03.02.2008) The December election triggered a political earthquake that shook the very fabric of State. The aftershocks are still reverberating throughout the country and region.

Raila says ODM committed to talks despite Kibaki’s remark                                           (03.02.2008) ODM leader, Mr Raila Odinga, has reiterated the party’s commitment to dialogue and said the movement would not pull out of the mediation talks led by former UN chief, Mr Kofi Annan.

ODM takes offence at Kibaki’s remarks                                                                         (03.02.2008) ODM has accused President Kibaki of undermining the ongoing talks to find a lasting solution to post-election violence in the country.

ODM hands UN chief document to back rigging claims                                                    (03.02.2008) The Orange Democratic Movement has presented the UN secretary general with what it calls a dossier containing details of the controversial December 27 General Election.

Odinga urges peacekeepers for Kenya                                                                           (03.02.2008) Raila Odinga, the Kenyan opposition leader, has called for African Union (AU) peacekeepers to be deployed in the country to quell ethnic violence that erupted after last year's disputed presidential elections.

World watches every step Kenya makes                                                                        (03.02.2008) Peace talks enter the make-or-break stage on Monday even as international pressure for a quick end to the firestorm of destruction, deaths and displacement, intensifies.

Protect activists, says Amnesty                                                                                    (03.02.2008) Amnesty international wants President Kibaki and Attorney General Amos Wako directly petitioned over threats made to a number of leading human rights campaigners in the country.

DAY 36

Disaster looms in camps                                                                                              (02.02.2008) About 10,000 people displaced from various parts of the country face severe shortage of food, drugs and other basic necessities.

Berlin concerned over mounting political violence in Kenya                                               (02.02.2008) German Development Aid Minister Heidemarie Wieczorek-Zeul on Saturday expressed strong concern over the growing political violence in Kenya.

Kagame calls for coup                                                                                                  (02.02.2008) Rwandan President Paul Kagame has called for military solution within Kenya to end the current violence. Quoted by Thursday's Daily Metro, Kagame suggests that a military coup would be the only way to save Kenya from a genocide like what was experienced in Rwanda in 1994.

State Asks for More Time in Broadcast Row                                                                   (02.02.2008) The Government's response in a case seeking to quash a directive to suspend live broadcasts will be known next week. Deputy solicitor general Muthoni Kimani told Mr Justice Joseph Nyamu that she needed to consult the attorney-general on the matter.

Kenya death toll up to 1000 despite agreement                                                               (02.02.2008) The death toll in Kenya has now passed the 1000 mark as smoke continues to gather over the Rift Valley and youths continue to torch homes. This is despite an agreement by the warring parties to end the violence within seven to 15 days. And hopes for a peaceful settlement are on a knife's edge....

The Media Is Not Innocent                                                                                            (02.02.2008) NAIROBI (IPS) - The media was partly blamed for the Rwandan genocide 14 years ago which left nearly one million people dead in 100 days. "Kill the Inkotanyi [cockroaches]!" a local radio station urged its listeners at the time.

Fresh unrest mars Kenya peace deal                                                                             (02.02.2008) Sporadic violence has been reported across Kenya despite political leaders agreeing to take action to end the unrest that has pitted ethnic tribes against each other since last month's disputed elections.

Fresh unrest mars Kenya peace deal                                                                             (02.02.2008) Sporadic violence has been reported across Kenya despite political leaders agreeing to take action to end the unrest that has pitted ethnic tribes against each other since last month's disputed elections.

As leaders promise peace, violence reignites in Kenya                                                    (02.02.2008) Nairobi - Violence continued to rage in pockets around Kenya Saturday, with youths burning houses and hacking neighbours with machetes, a day after mediation teams attempting to bring an end to the unrest vowed to find peace in less than 15 days.

Kenya leaders talk peace but violence doesn't stop                                                         (02.02.2008) KERICHO, Kenya (Reuters) - Youths burned hundreds of homes in a town in Kenya's Rift Valley on Saturday, sending residents fleeing with all they could carry, despite an agreement between feuding politicians to end weeks of bloodshed.

Ten killed along the Nyanza/RV border                                                                           (02.02.2008) Ten people have been killed and eight others, among them two pupils injured as violence escalated between two communities along the volatile Nyanza/Rift Valley border.

- A sad joke? - Situation under control, assures President Kibaki                                     (02.02.2008) President Mwai Kibaki returned home Friday evening from Addis Ababa, Ethiopia where he attended the 10th Ordinary Session of the Assembly of the African Union and chaired the Extra Ordinary Summit of IGAD Heads of State and Government.

Kenya opposition says Kibaki undermining mediation                                                      (02.02.2008) NAIROBI (Reuters) - Kenya's opposition leader Raila Odinga accused President Mwai Kibaki on Saturday of undermining talks to end a political crisis by insisting that a court in Kenya could resolve the dispute over his Dec. 27 re-election.

OPEN LETTER TO MR. KIVUITU                                                                                  (02.02.2008) Grieving for Kenya - Mr. Kivuitu, We've never met. It's unlikely we ever will. But, like every other Kenyan, I will remember you for the rest of my life. You had a mandate, Mr. Kivuitu. To deliver a free, fair and transparent election to the people of Kenya. You had five years to prepare, a tremendous pool of resources, skills, technical support, to draw on. You had the trust of 37 million Kenyans.

Africa summit wraps up amid concern over Kenya, Chad                                                 (02.02.2008)  ADDIS  ABABA  (AFP) - African  Union  leaders  on  Saturday  discussed  means of containing spiralling violence in Chad and Kenya on the last day of a summit which highlighted the body's challenges in solving its own conflicts.

Gadaffi says AU cannot handle conflicts                                                                        (02.02.2008) Libyan Leader Muammar Gadaffi says the current African Union (AU) structures are too weak to handle conflicts on the continent. Addressing the closing ceremony of the AU summit in Ethiopia, Gadaffi said the Kenyan crisis could have been dealt with much more quickly if the continent had a common Defence Ministry.

Current crisis has given birth to timely patriotic ideas                                                      (02.02.2008) Crises, tragic as their consequences may be, are always accompanied by lessons that have to be learnt. The current chaos means that Kenya will not be the same again, for it has brought into sharp focus illnesses that afflict the nation.

Thousands risk losing jobs if violence continues                                                              (02.02.2008) More than 500,000 workers could be rendered jobless in the next few days if the violence going on in many parts of the country does not stop, employers have warned. Some have already been laid off from companies that have either closed, especially hotels in Mombasa, or minimised their operations.

Tourists endangered species in violent Kenya                                                                 (02.02.2008) NAIVASHA, Kenya (Reuters) - Gilbert Korir has spent the last two years learning to rattle off bird species ranging from pelicans and yellow-billed storks to cormorants and African fish eagles so he could be a guide at a Kenyan country club.

Kenyan police seek stolen weapons as turmoil rages                                                      (02.02.2008) NAIROBI (AFP) - Kenyan police on Saturday scoured villages in the volatile western region to recover stolen weapons as turmoil raged after unrest claimed some 1,000 lives since December's disputed elections, officials said.

37 killed in fresh western Kenya clashes: police                                                             (02.02.2008) NAIROBI, Kenya – Twenty-seven people have been killed in fresh violence in western Kenya, police said Saturday, bringing the toll in the past 24 hours to 37.

Deal to end Kenya violence 'in days'                                                                              (02.02.2008) 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.

Annan brokers peace deal in Kenya                                                                               (02.02.2008) Both sides agree to urge an end to violence - Kenya's government and opposition struck an agreement yesterday to take immediate steps to try and end tribal bloodshed in a 5-week-old political standoff in which about 850 people have been killed.

Kenyan rivals strike deal to try and stop violence                                                            (02.02.2008) NAIROBI (Reuters) - Kenya's government and opposition struck an agreement on Friday to take immediate steps to try and end tribal bloodshed in a five-week-old political standoff in which about 850 people have been killed.

Second Successful Aid-Delivery to the Ogiek                                                                 (02.02.2008) As a first ECOTERRA Intl. managed on 21. January 2008 to get through to the Ogiek. We could deliver some food-aid to the widows and children of those women whose husbands had been killed during the invasion of police-protected Kikuyu gangs and could establish the needs of the larger Ogiek community. Some of the video footage from the horrible situation in the field taken by Steffen Keulig of FPCN was even shown on national television channel KTN. Now, yesterday on 01. February 2008, a second and much more substantial distribution of aid to mainly Ogiek women and children as well as the elderly was successfully carried out.

Kibaki insists ODM should go to court                                                                           (02.02.2008) President Kibaki has stood his ground Orange Democratic Movement should seek legal redress over its claims of a stolen victory in the presidential election. He said this as the UN Secretary General, Mr Ban Ki Moon, made a direct intervention on the Kenyan crisis. President Kibaki also blamed the Opposition for instigating the widespread violence that has rocked Kenya, saying it was a pre-meditated plot...

Kenyan rivals agree plan to end turmoil: Annan                                                               (02.02.2008) NAIROBI (AFP) - The parties of Kenya's feuding leaders agreed a joint roadmap Friday to end unrest that has claimed nearly 1,000 lives since last month's disputed presidential elections, former UN chief Kofi Annan said.

Kenya rivals agree peace plan                                                                                       (02.02.2008) Rival parties in Kenya said they had agreed to take immediate action to end violence after a month of deadly clashes over a disputed presidential election. The two sides signed a four-point agenda that said they would complete talks within 15 days on measures to end the political crisis.

How the West failed Kenya                                                                                           (02.02.2008) The conditions for the current wave of violence should have been apparent even as the world lauded Kenya as a shining example for Africa - The violent clashes, political turmoil and mayhem that have been gripping Kenya over the past few weeks dispel any western-backed notions regarding the country as a model democracy to be replicated elsewhere on the continent.

Lawlessness grips Kenyan countryside                                                                          (02.02.2008) NANDI HILLS, Kenya: The road from Eldoret to Kericho used to be one of the prettiest drives in Kenya, a ribbon of asphalt threading through lush tea farms, bushy sugar cane and green humpbacked hills. Now it is a gantlet of machete-wielding teenagers, some chewing stalks of sugar cane, others stumbling drunk.

High time to lose patience in Kenya                                                                               (02.02.2008) The international community should explicitly link emergency aid to frankly political objectives - In the past few days, a number of outside voices have offered advice on the crisis in Kenya. “We can't just sit by,” said the chairman of the African Union, opening its annual meeting in Addis Ababa on Thursday.

Robert Calderisi on Kenya, the role of foreign aid                                                            (02.02.2008) In the last few days, a number of outside voices have offered advice on the crisis in Kenya, Robert Calderisi wrote Saturday in his Globe essay High time to lose patience in Kenya. "We can't just sit by," said the chairman of the African Union, opening its annual meeting in Addis Ababa on Wednesday. "If Kenya burns, there will be nothing for tomorrow."

DAY 35

Army Using Excessive Force in Eldoret                                                                         (01.02.2008) Police have shot dead 16 people and injured 58 others in four days in Eldoret town. Among those admitted in hospital with bullet wounds include three Sudanese shot outside their homes at Kapsoya estate.

Roadmap to peace                                                                                                       (01.02.2008) The Kofi Annan led mediation team with the Government and ODM Friday night agreed on three key issues that could see the country return to peace. The Government and ODM team agreed to hold joint rallies to stop the escalating violence and restore basic human rights and civil liberties. The Kenya National Dialogue and Reconciliation Team emerged from a 10-hour meeting with former United Nations chief Kofi Annan and said they had agreed that there should be freedom of assembly, expression and press to help end political turmoil.

Ramaphosa's presence in Kenya causes a stir                                                               (01.02.2008) Chairperson of Kenya's mediation team Kofi Annan asked Cyril Ramaphosa to help in resolving the east African country's political crisis.

Insecurity Leaves Crops Rotting                                                                                    (01.02.2008) Teresia Chebet and hundreds of other small-scale farmers in the western Kenyan district of Nandi North have not been directly affected by the violence that has ravaged the country in the past month, yet their livelihoods are threatened because markets have become inaccessible.

Kenyan Police Kill 4 Looters                                                                                         (01.02.2008) ELDORET, Kenya (AP) - Kenyan police killed four people as mobs set scores of houses and businesses ablaze in a western Kenyan town, an official said Friday, after a policeman's killing of an opposition lawmaker sparked clashes in the Rift Valley.

Meru Residents in Uncontrollable Mob Violence                                                              (01.02.2008) Residents of Kambakia, Makutano and Mwendantu estates in Meru have a bizarre sense of justice. When they are not stoning robbery suspects to death, they are lynching them.

Violence continues to hamper relief operations in Kenya                                                  (01.02.2008) Geneva - Emergency food-aid distribution continued to be hampered in Kenya as a result of the ongoing violence, UN agencies said Friday.

10 killed in fresh western Kenya clashes: police                                                             (01.02.2008) NAIROBI (AFP) - Fresh fighting and rioting left at least 10 people, including a policeman, dead and dozens of houses torched in western Kenya Friday, police said.

Eight killed in fresh western Kenya tribal fighting: police                                                  (01.02.2008) NAIROBI - At least eight people were killed today and dozens of houses torched in fresh tribal fighting in western Kenya, police said.

Policeman hanged by mob in Kenya                                                                              (01.02.2008) A Kenyan policeman was lynched by a mob of demonstrators in revenge for the shooting of an MP by another officer.

Desperate Kenyans Turn To Gangs For Protection                                                          (01.02.2008) Nairobi - As Kenya  splits  along  ethnic  lines  and  the  body  count spirals, desperate residents say they are turning to once-hated gangs for protection.

Ethnic clashes claim 8 lives in Kenya                                                                            (01.02.2008) Fresh  tribal  fighting  in  western  Kenya  has  claimed the lives of at least eight people leaving dozens of houses on fire, police say. "Eight people were killed in the fighting in Nyamira district," a police commander said on Friday.

FBI offers to probe Kenya MP killings: US embassy                                                        (01.02.2008) NAIROBI (AFP) - The US Federal Bureau of Investigation has offered to probe the killings of two Kenyan opposition lawmakers that sparked fresh rioting after weeks of political unrest, the US embassy said Friday.

Ban Ki-moon calls on Kenyans to ‘wake up’ and halt violence                                          (01.02.2008) UN News Centre - Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has called on all Kenyans to stop the violence that has torn apart their nation in recent weeks, claiming over 800 lives and displacing more than a quarter of a million people.

Ban calls to end Kenya violence                                                                                    (01.02.2008) UN chief Ban Ki-moon has called on all sides in Kenya to stop the violence that has wracked the country since December's disputed presidential poll. "Look beyond the party lines. Look towards the future," he urged. As he spoke, news came through that eight people had been poisoned and hacked to death in an apparent revenge attack for the killing of an MP.

Ban meets Odinga, Annan in Kenya                                                                              (01.02.2008) NAIROBI, Kenya (CNN) - U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Friday met with the leader of Kenya's opposition Orange Democratic Movement, Raila Odinga, and appealed to both sides of the bloody dispute to halt the violence and resort to dialogue.

Ban meets Kenya negotiating teams as talks continue                                                    (01.02.2008) Nairobi - United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon met with teams representing Kenya's rival politicians Friday and urged them to find a solution to the deadly crisis triggered by disputed elections in December.

UN chief calls on Kenya rivals to stop violence                                                                (01.02.2008) NAIROBI (AFP) - UN chief Ban Ki-moon called Friday for Kenya's feuding political leaders to stop weeks of deadly violence sparked by disputed presidential polls, and to resolve the crisis through peaceful dialogue.

Global talks focus on Kenya                                                                                         (01.02.2008) Kenya’s political crisis dominated discussions as the African Union Summit opened in Addis Ababa, with UN chief Ban Ki-Moon warning of catastrophe.

President Kibaki holds talks with Kufuor                                                                         (01.02.2008) President Mwai Kibaki Thursday night held lengthy discussions with President John Kufuor of Ghana, the outgoing chairperson of African Union in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

Kibaki tells African leaders he represents Kenyan majority                                              (01.02.2008) ADDIS ABABA (AFP) - Kenyan President Mwai Kibaki, whose disputed re-election triggered a violent political crisis, told African leaders Friday that his poll victory represented "the will" of the Kenyan majority.

Kagame And the Military Solution                                                                                  (01.02.2008) President Paul Kagame of Rwanda has touched on a delicate matter but one that appears to be gaining currency in the region: that for the good of Kenya and the region, it may be wise for the military in that country to intervene to stop the bloodletting.

Kenya's Kibaki takes tough line, AU divided                                                                   (01.02.2008) ADDIS ABABA (Reuters) - Kenyan President Mwai Kibaki took an uncompromising line over the turmoil in his country at a regional summit on Friday and diplomats said Africa was divided over the continent's most pressing crisis.

Kenya's quicksands                                                                                                     (01.02.2008) Even as the United Nations secretary general, Ban Ki-Moon, joins the diplomatic efforts of his predecessor, Kofi Annan, to try and get the politicians of Kenya to resolve the current crisis through dialogue, the situation on the ground in the country is fast disappearing from the control of the politicians.

Kenya Countdown                                                                                                        (01.02.2008) An Africa expert discusses what can-and should-be done to stop the violence. Should foreign peacekeepers be deployed to Kenya? In spite of the involvement of high-profile facilitators, like former U.N. secretary-general Kofi Annan, killings are continuing in what was once one of Africa's most stable countries.

UNHCR delivers more assistance as Kenyan IDP numbers grow                                      (01.02.2008) UNHCR immediately handed over 1,800 family kits – enough for 9,000 people – and 25 lightweight tents to Kenya Red Cross for distribution to internally displaced people (IDPs) in the three locations at Tigoni, Kikuyu and Kabete.

Rape in Kenya Used as Weapon in Political Unrest                                                        (01.02.2008) A United Nations report released February 1 shows rape is being used as a weapon in Kenya as the country is roiled in ethnic violence since the December elections.

Ki-moon arrives Friday to boost mediation effort                                                              (01.02.2008) United Nations secretary-general Ban Ki-moon arrives Friday in Nairobi to add international pressure on the two sides in the political crisis to agree on a peaceful solution.

U.N.'s Ban throws weight behind Kenya peace drive                                                        (01.02.2008) NAIROBI (Reuters) - U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon throws his heavyweight diplomatic clout on Friday behind efforts to end Kenya's month-long violent political standoff in which at least 850 people have been killed.

Annan team pledges to end violence in 7 days                                                                (01.02.2008) The Government and ODM negotiators Thursday gave hope to millions of Kenyans deeply hit by a political crisis by agreeing that the ongoing violence must end in seven days.

Kenya peace talks in disarray after killing of second opposition MP                                  (01.02.2008) The first day of international efforts to negotiate an end to Kenya's bloody election crisis were thrown into disarray yesterday after a policeman shot dead an opposition member of parliament, the second MP to be killed this week, in what his party called a "political assassination".

Kin Refutes Love Link Over Too's Murder                                                                        (01.02.2008) Details of the last moments of murdered Ainamoi MP David Kimutai Too continued to emerge. Family members and colleagues insisted that he was not having an affair with the policewoman shot alongside him.

Ban Ki-moon to visit strife-torn Kenya                                                                            (01.02.2008) Warning that violence in Kenya could spiral out of control, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon announced plans to visit the country, where more than 800 people have already lost their lives in intensifying ethnic clashes triggered by the aftermath of recent elections. Speaking to reporters in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa, Mr. Ban called on the Kenyan people to “stop the killings and end the violence now, before it is too late.”

DAY 34

African Union Summit Opens With Calls For Ending Kenyan Crisis                                  (31.01.2008) The African Union summit, where leaders of the organization of 53 African nations gather, opened in the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa on Thursday, with the UN chief and the AU chairman calling for efforts to find a peaceful way out of the post-election unrest in Kenya that has claimed hundreds of lives.

U.N. chief warns summit of Kenya catastrophe                                                               (31.01.2008) ADDIS ABABA (Reuters) - African leaders voiced a chorus of alarm on Thursday about Kenya's rapid decline from regional peacemaker to the continent's biggest concern, and called for urgent action to stop the killing.

UN chief meets Kibaki, due in Nairobi for Odinga talks                                                    (31.01.2008) ADDIS ABABA (AFP) - UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon met Kenyan President Mwai Kibaki Thursday in Addis Ababa and said he would travel to Nairobi the next day to meet opposition leader Raila Odinga.

Amnesty International Urges African Leaders' Summit to Turn Attention to Kenya Violence and Reject Sudan's Latest Bid for African Union Presidency  (31.01.2008) Amnesty International today urged African heads of state gathered in Ethiopia for the African Union (AU) Assembly to address the escalating violence in Kenya, including finding and prosecuting those responsible, and to reject Sudan's bid to become president of the AU because of continuing human rights abuses Darfur.

Kenya crisis talks suspended after opposition MP shot dead                                           (31.01.2008) NAIROBI (AFP) - Kofi Annan suspended Thursday crisis talks aimed at ending Kenya's political crisis after an opposition lawmaker was shot dead by a policeman, triggering further clashes which killed at least two.

Second opposition MP killed in Kenya: police                                                                 (31.01.2008) NAIROBI (AFP) - A second opposition lawmaker has been killed in Kenya, police said Thursday, in spiralling unrest sparked by disputed presidential elections more than one month ago.

Ainamoi MP shot dead                                                                                                 (31.01.2008) Ainamoi MP David Kimutai has been shot dead. Sources at the Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital said the body of the late MP is lying at the hospital’s mortuary.

Kenya police say MP's killing "crime of passion"                                                            (31.01.2008) NAIROBI (Reuters) - Kenya's police said the fatal shooting of a legislator by a policeman on Thursday was a "crime of passion" and had already led to one arrest.

Second Opposition Legislator Killed in Kenya                                                                 (31.01.2008) NAIROBI - A second opposition lawmaker was shot dead in Kenya on Thursday in the western town of Eldoret in the volatile Rift Valley region, where tens of thousands of people from President Mwai Kibaki's Kikuyu community have been chased from their homes.

Rwanda suggests Kenya use army                                                                                (31.01.2008) `There's no time to go into niceties and debates when killings are taking place' - Kigali, Rwanda - The president of Rwanda, which experienced a genocide in 1994, says intervention by the military might be the only way to halt Kenya's escalating ethnic bloodshed.

Kibaki gives 'shoot-to-kill order' to quell unrest                                                                (31.01.2008) Nairobi - Negotiators seeking to resolve Kenya's political crisis are set to hold their first meeting today. The aim of the meeting is to try to find a solution as ethnic violence, sparked by last month's disputed presidential election, continues.

Ethnic unrest creeps from Rift towards Kenya capital                                                      (31.01.2008) NDERI, Kenya (Reuters) - Just 20 minutes outside Kenya's capital Nairobi, wafts of smoke cloak the valley from fires lit by a mob looking for revenge.

Trapped in a fracturing Kenya                                                                                        (31.01.2008) It is a little unnerving when there is a man next to you sharpening a large machete on the ground by your feet. Swiping it in a menacing manner.

Kenyan tribe vanishes as neighbor turns on neighbor                                                       (31.01.2008) KISUMU, Kenya - The young man hefting a machete at the burning roadblock was frustrated. He'd been looking for five days, but could not find a member of the Kikuyu tribe to kill.

Ethnic violence intensifies in ravaged Kenya                                                                   (31.01.2008) About three hundred unarmed Kikuyus gathered at the Kenya Research Forestry Institute, on Wednesday, to demand that a couple of hundred Luo people working there leave the area.

A bitter wind of grievance                                                                                              (31.02.2008) The memory of violence will be hard to suppress. The idea of a Kenya for all Kenyans is dead. By now, the question of who won the election is almost beside the point. Neither "President" Kibaki nor Raila Odinga should be allowed within sniffing distance of the presidency. The country is imploding, people are dying and destitute, and these two great men have to be coaxed to the negotiating table.

Situation in Kenya                                                                                                        (31.01.2008) We are very concerned about the violence which is continuing to convulse Kenya, causing many victims and bringing the number of displaced persons to 290,000 in a very disturbing humanitarian context. Barbarous acts are being committed; civilians are being killed in horrifying conditions. Women and children are being violated. Two opposition lawmakers have also been killed.

A call for fresh elections in Kenya                                                                                  (31.01.2008) The dimension, which the post elections crisis has assumed in Kenya, continues to create much cause for concern. On average, about 35 persons have died per day owing to election-related violence over the last month.

Kenya Vote Fraud Described                                                                                        (31.01.2008) NAIROBI, Kenya - The spark for Kenya's firestorm of ethnic violence was lit inside a cavernous meeting hall in downtown Nairobi, where election officials over four days doctored vote counts, dismissed eye-popping irregularities and thwarted monitoring by independent observers to deliver a razor-thin victory to President Mwai Kibaki.

Kenya to dominate African summit                                                                                (31.01.2008) At the end of the first day of the African Union foreign ministers' meeting in Addis Ababa, a question was asked: "Why has the situation in Kenya not yet been discussed?"

Kenya negotiators meet as Kibaki attends African summit                                               (31.01.2008) NAIROBI (AFP) - Negotiators for Kenya's political rivals met for the first time Thursday, as President Mwai Kibaki attended an African Union summit in neighbouring Ethiopia likely to be dominated by the month-long crisis sparked by his reelection.

ODM barred from addressing the AU meeting                                                                 (31.01.2008) African Union (AU) Commission chairman, Mr Alpha Konare, said the Opposition would not be allowed to address the Summit on the ongoing violence in Kenya.

Kibaki leaves for Addis Ababa                                                                                       (31.01.2008) Kibaki leaves for AU talks - President Kibaki leaves for Addis Ababa on Thursday for an African Union (AU) meeting, which lists post-election crisis as the top agenda.

Annan lists agenda for mediation over crisis                                                                   (31.01.2008) Former UN chief, Mr Kofi Annan, has tabled a list of four issues to be discussed during the mediation talks between President Kibaki and ODM leader, Mr Raila Odinga. The Standard has learnt that top on the agenda is an immediate action to stop violence and restore fundamental rights and liberties.

EU wants sanctions to end Kenyan crisis                                                                      (31.01.2008) Suspending business cooperation with the Kenyan government is the only effective way that the EU can contribute to helping find a solution to the crisis. That's according to the European Policy Center (EPC).

U.S. diplomat calls violence in Kenya ethnic cleansing                                                    (31.01.2008) 'It is a plan to push people out,' not genocide, he says - The top U.S. diplomat for Africa said Wednesday that some of the violence that has swept across Kenya in the past month has been ethnic cleansing, but that it was not genocide.

End Kenya violence, UN urges                                                                                      (31.01.2008) UNITED NATIONS - The United Nations (UN) Security Council has deplored the continuing violence in Kenya spawned by last month’s disputed presidential poll and urged the country’s rival leaders to strive to bring it to an end.

Donors suspend key funding                                                                                         (31.01.2008) Donors have suspended funding worth millions of dollars to one of the most important government programmes. The affected programme is the Governance, Justice, Law and Order Sector Reform Programme.

Post-poll violence: US threatens to intervene                                                                  (31.01.2008) Foreign countries may impose a solution on Kenya to end the post-election crisis if its leaders fail to reach a workable settlement, the United States warned Wednesday.

Jobs another casualty in post-election violence                                                               (31.01.2008) NAIROBI (IRIN) - George Kose, 30, a graduate of Moi University, Eldoret, lost his job at one of the leading firms in Nairobi just days after the election results were announced on 30 December 2007.

Faces that hold key to Kenya’s future                                                                            (31.01.2008) The fate of the country appeared to lie with the ‘Big Six’ picked by bitter rivals PNU and ODM to sit around former UN chief Kofi Annan’s mediation table.

Leaders call for an end to violence                                                                                 (31.01.2008) Political and religious leaders in Nyanza and Western Provinces have appealed to residents in the region to avoid destroying property.

DAY 33

Kenya: At the Brink of Collapse                                                                                     (30.01.2008) In December, President Mwai Kibaki of Kenya was controversially declared the winner in a rancorous election against Raila Odinga by a margin of several hundred thousand votes.

'Targeted for marrying a Kikuyu'                                                                                     (30.01.2008) Professor David Habel Odongo, from the Luo ethnic group, married his wife, a Kikuyu lady, more than 20 years ago. All this time, they have lived in Dunga in western Kenya. But he tells the BBC's Muliro Telewa why, in the inter-ethnic post-election violence, his family's livelihood has been lost and his wife's life threatened.

'Ethnic cleansing' in Kenya: US envoy                                                                            (30.01.2008) Addis Abeba. The violence in Kenya triggered by last month's contested presidential elections has involved acts of "ethnic cleansing," the United States' top Africa envoy said Wednesday, quoted by AFP.

Ogiek People Say They're Under Attack In Kenya's Rift Valley                                         (30.01.2008) The violence in Kenya’s Rift Valley is now targeting the Ogiek people, who are indigenous hunter-gatherers in the Mau Forest. Reports say homes are being burned and many people have been wounded.

Leading journalists threatened with same fate as murdered opposition MP                        (30.01.2008) Reporters Without Borders urges the Kenyan authorities to use all necessary means to quickly identify and punish those responsible for the death threats sent to leading journalists in Nairobi yesterday, hours after an opposition Orange Democratic Movement parliamentarian was murdered.

Kenya: Media Being Silenced As Political Crisis Intensifies                                             (30.01.2008) A continuing ban on live broadcasts and new death threats to journalists in Kenya are silencing media reports on the country's escalating political crisis, says IFEX member the Media Institute.

FACTBOX-What is the African Union?                                                                            (30.01.2008) Kenya's bloody turmoil will dominate an African summit in Ethiopia this week, underlining how quickly the neighbouring nation has gone from apparently stable regional anchor to the continent's most urgent crisis.

Kenya: Electoral feud goes to AU summit                                                                      (30.01.2008) The post-election conflict that has left over 1,000 people dead and displaced over 500,000 people will feature at the heads of Governments meeting scheduled for Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

PREVIEW - Kenya turmoil to dominate African Union summit                                          (30.01.2008) ADDIS ABABA (Reuters) - Kenya's bloody turmoil will dominate an African summit in Ethiopia this week, underlining how quickly the neighbouring nation has gone from apparently stable regional anchor to the continent's most urgent crisis.

Kenyan president heads to AU summit despite crisis                                                      (30.01.2008) Kenyan President Mwai Kibaki is set to travel to the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa to attend the African Union summit, the presidency said on Wednesday.

Talks to end Kenya crisis pushed to Thursday - Summary                                               (30.01.2008) Nairobi - Negotiation teams representing Kenya's rival politicians will square off Thursday in a bid to find a solution to the crisis sparked by disputed elections that has plunged the country into violence, officials said.

Can Kenya Avert a Bloodbath?                                                                                      (30.01.2008) Walking the paths of this slum north of Nairobi, John Kimani points to all the homes that now stand unoccupied, the trash on their floors and the doors swinging wide telling the tale of a hasty exit.

Kenyans call for an end to bloodshed                                                                             (30.01.2008) NAIROBI (Reuters) - Kenyans pleaded on Wednesday for an end to violence that has killed 850 people and created unprecedented horror in the east African nation's darkest moment since 1963 independence.

Kenya police get 'shoot to kill' order after talks begin                                                       (30.01.2008) NAIROBI (AFP) - Kenyan police have been given shoot to kill orders in a bid to stem weeks of violence, a commander said Wednesday, a day after Kofi Annan launched crisis talks between feuding political leaders.

Clash victims buried as aid for displaced trickles in                                                         (30.01.2008) A somber mood engulfed Molo constituency as 14 victims of the post election violence killed in Molo farm were finally laid to rest. During the inter-denominational burial service the leaders called for immediate cessation of the skirmishes.

Annan sets Kenyan election talks deadlines                                                                   (30.01.2008) NAIROBI, Kenya - Former U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan has given the two sides in Kenya's disputed election results two deadlines for talks in Nairobi, aides reported.

The process of national dialogue launched                                                                      (30.01.2008) The process of national dialogue aimed at addressing the current political situation in the country was Tuesday launched at the County Hall in Nairobi.

Talks begin despite rise in death toll                                                                              (30.01.2008) The Kofi Annan led mediation officially begins in Nairobi today with both ODM and PNU naming their representatives to the talks expected to end the current political impasse as the death toll keeps rising.

Kenya warns of tougher action to stop killings                                                                (30.01.2008) NAIROBI (Reuters) - Kenya on Wednesday warned it would act tougher to reign in post-election violence threatening to spiral out of control in the east African nation's darkest moment since 1963 independence.

UN genocide adviser warns Kenyan politicians                                                                (30.01.2008) UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - The U.N. special adviser on preventing genocide and mass atrocities on Tuesday warned leaders responsible for post-election violence in Kenya they could be held to account for violations of international law.

Honey-hunting Ogiek tribe caught up in violence                                                             (30.01.2008) Leaders of the honey-hunting Ogiek tribe have reported that they are being targeted in the escalating post-election violence in Kenya.

Using golf clubs, rocks and machetes, neighbour turns on neighbour in Kenya                  (30.01.2008) Some carried golf clubs: an old fairway wood, a lofted iron, a silver putter. A young man swung a hockey stick. Others clutched pieces of plumbing pipe, rubber whips, slingshots made of rope, melon-headed clubs straight from an Asterix comic, hammers, axes, and bows and arrows. But the weapon of choice was the panga, or machete, sharpened against the railway track as if it were a whetstone.

Pledge to reunite Kenya                                                                                               (30.01.2008) President Kibaki and ODM leader Raila Odinga Tuesday evening pledged to reunite Kenyans as crucial talks to end the spiralling post-election violence started in Nairobi last evening.

Rival teams meet in second step towards peace                                                             (30.01.2008) President Kibaki and rival Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) leader, Mr Raila Odinga, once again came face-to-face in under a week, as mediation talks kicked-off in Nairobi.

DAY 32

Kenyans 'forcibly recruited to fight'                                                                                 (29.01.2008) A Kenyan (who wishes to remain anonymous) in the Rift Valley town of Naivasha describes how members of an outlawed sect - the Mungiki - are forcibly recruiting members of their Kikuyu ethnic group to kill non-Kikuyus - allied to the opposition.

Revenge Killings Stoke a Violent Cycle in Kenya                                                            (29.01.2008) Tribal Gangs Spread Deadly Confrontations Across Country's West - NAIROBI - The toll from five days of fighting between rival tribal gangs across western Kenya rose to at least 85 Monday, as the post-election violence that has swept this East African nation began to take on a new character: revenge.

IDP children falling through protection cracks                                                                  (29.01.2008) NAKURU (IRIN) - Violence in the Rift Valley town of Nakuru has seen the numbers of displaced at the town's largest camp skyrocket, but camp officials say it is becoming increasingly difficult to provide security for the IDPs, and children are being particularly affected.

FACTBOX: Developments in Kenya crisis on Jan 29                                                            (Reuters) - Kenyan military helicopters swooped over machete-wielding crowds on Tuesday against a backdrop of spiraling tribal violence after a disputed election.

Complications                                                                                                              (29.01.2008) In the scripture it is told how Kings made judgment decisions while in leadership and even how some were anointed into leadership and not acknowledged. Even here in the USA after our last Presidential race a recall of votes was asked for, because of question mark they had, many whom thought the polls had been intercepted.

UN genocide adviser warns Kenyan politicians                                                                (29.01.2008) UNITED NATIONS, Jan 29 (Reuters) - The U.N. special adviser on preventing genocide has demanded a stop to post-election violence in Kenya and warned its politicians they could be held responsible for violations of international law.

Kenyan opposition MP shot dead, clashes erupt                                                             (29.01.2008) NAIVASHA, Kenya (Reuters) - Kenyan military helicopters swooped over machete-wielding crowds terrorising hundreds of refugees in a lakeside town on Tuesday against a backdrop of spiralling violence in the east African country.

KENYA: Tensions high as Annan-brokered talks begin                                                    (29.01.2008) NAIROBI (IRIN) - The "official dialogue process" began on 29 January between Kenyan President Mwai Kibaki and the opposition Orange Democratic Movement (ODM), even as violence that has ravaged the country since late December continued to spread, with the latest casualty a Member of Parliament who was shot dead outside his home in Nairobi, the capital.

Kenyan Peace Talks Begin With Annan's Call to End Violence                                        (29.01.2008) Kenya's government and opposition began negotiations today to end a month of post-election violence that has killed more than 750 people and ripped apart the country's reputation as a stable African democracy.

Annan resumes mediation in Kenya                                                                               (29.01.2008) Nairobi - Former UN Secretary General Kofi Annan has resumed his mediation attempt in Kenya. He expects that the most urgent problems can be resolved in four weeks.

Annan’s peace agenda                                                                                                 (29.01.2008) Mediator Kofi Annan has spelt out the terms of reference and agenda for the peace talks aimed at ending the political crisis facing the country. An end to the spiralling violence, solving the disputed Presidential election results and crafting long-term solutions to glaring inequality in the country form Mr Annan’s agenda for peace.

Kibaki facing genocide claims                                                                                       (29.01.2008) Nairobi - Kenya's opposition on Monday charged that the government was abetting acts of genocide by imposing a curfew that left civilians exposed to rampaging tribal gangs in the town of Nakuru.

Kenyan opposition puts death toll at over 1,500                                                              (29.01.2008) The number of people killed following the December general election in Kenya has been estimated at over 1,5000, Orange Democratic Movement(ODM) official said here on Monday.

Rioters Tear Through Kenyan City                                                                                 (29.01.2008) NAIROBI, Kenya - Kisumu, Kenya’s third largest city, burst into flames again on Monday as thousands of rioters tore through the streets, burned down stores, looted schools and vented their outrage over a spate of ethnically-driven killings over the weekend.

Why ethnic conflicts run out of control                                                                           (29.01.2008) Kenyans need to examine the nature of ethnic conflicts. The country has experienced ethnically engineered civil commotion that seemingly affected segments of the security forces, mainly the police.


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