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June 10, 2012

Kenyan helicopter crash kills security minister

Kenyan helicopter crash kills security minister

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A helicopter crash at the edge of Nairobi, Kenya has killed six. Amongst the dead is internal security minister George Saitoti, a candidate in next year’s presidential election.

Saitoti, 66, played a major role in Kenya opting to send troops into Somalia last year in a bid to combat al-Shabaab. His deputy Joshua Orwa Ojonde is also dead, alongside both pilots and two bodyguards.

The aircraft had not long departed Wilson Airport when it went down into a Kibuku District forest. One witness saw the helicopter “flying very low. It came down suddenly and we heard a loud explosion, and then it burst into flames.” Another said it “hovered up there and looked like it was turning back” before crashing. The accident occurred at around 8:30 this morning, local time.

Current President Mwai Kibaki decried “a devastating loss to our country.” He called Saitoti “a hardworking and determined public servant who dedicated his time to the service of the Kenyan people”. Prime Minister Raila Odinga, speaking at the scene, promised “a thorough probe” into the accident. He described a “great tragedy that has befallen our country”.

Saitoti, who personally told the public of the invasion of Somalia two days after sending in thousands of soldiers, had been faced with numerous bombings and kidnaps. He routinely made assurances on national TV in the aftermath of attacks, and recently vowed “terrorists” would not have an impact on government.

With qualifications in accountancy and mathematics acquired in the US, Saitoti was a former Kenyan finance minister. A prominent figure in national politics, he also served as vice president under Daniel Arap Moi in 1989–1997 and 1999–2002.

There is no immediate word on possible causes for the accident. Police have sealed off the scene and begun an investigation.



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October 10, 2009

Former UN head Annan warns Kenya over future poll violence

Former UN head Annan warns Kenya over future poll violence

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In parting remarks made after a three-day visit to Kenya late on Wednesday, former UN chief Kofi Annan warned that the country risks returning to ethnic clashes if reforms are not implemented.

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“My conversations with Kenyans during the last three days have underscored that there is a crisis of confidence in Kenya’s political leadership,” Annan said. “Only Kenya’s politicians can solve that crisis. I urge them to listen to the voices of Kenyans.”

Annan said that he had noted some progress on the reform agenda but warned that time was running out.

Politically-fueled ethnic tensions flared up in early 2008 following a disputed presidential election, plunging Kenya into weeks of deadly turmoil.

Flown in to mediate the crisis, Annan led the two sides to a power-sharing agreement that made incumbent candidate Mwai Kibaki president and his rival, Raila Odinga, prime minister. The deal brought an end to the clashes, but has resulted in a bloated coalition government unchallenged by a real political opposition.

As part of the agreement between the two principle rivals, the new government agreed to undergo a far-reaching reform agenda to prevent the tensions from boiling over in the next election. Critics claim that the government has not followed through on its commitments, an accusation the government strongly denies.

“Kenya is already at — or past — the halfway mark between the formation of the Coalition Government and the next electoral cycle. Kenya cannot afford a recurrence of the crisis and violence that engulfed it after the 2007 election. But that is a serious risk if tangible reform is not achieved,” Annan said, warning that the government’s term is already halfway expired and the 2012 elections are quickly approaching.

Overshadowing the former UN chief’s remarks was a BBC report released on Wednesday that claimed that ethnic groups in the regions most hit by the 2008 violence are now stockpiling guns to prepare for 2012.

The 2008 conflict, the nation’s worst since its independence more than 45 years ago, was carried out chiefly by machete-wielding gangs in the slums and in the affected rural areas by tribal militias armed primarily with spears and bows and arrows.

Hassan Omar, vice chairman of the Kenyan National Commission on Human Rights, said that his group has also received reports about groups purchasing firearms but has as yet been unable to independently verify the claims.

“The allegations are becoming more and more credible,” Omar said. “The Kenya National Commission [on Human Rights] did have these allegations, and we had not necessarily undertaken the time of investigation or documentation towards proving their existence.”

According to the private fears expressed by a senior parliamentary official, another flare-up similar to the 2008 turmoil has the potential to fragment the nation into regional power-centers run by tribal warlords, given the country’s current political climate and simmering ethnic tensions.

However, Kenyan cabinet minister William Ruto, a political leader of one of the ethnic groups named by the BBC report for buying the guns, dismissed the claims as rumors. “The people making these allegations should either come forward with substance to their claims, or they should shut up,” said Ruto; “I don’t think rumor mongering is going to take this country anywhere.”

The United States has threatened fifteen senior Kenyan officials with travel bans if the reform process is perceived as continuing to stall.



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February 28, 2008

Kenyan government and opposition agree on power sharing

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The heads of the government and opposition in Kenya have signed a power sharing agreement aimed at ending the crisis over December’s disputed elections. The agreement was reached after a day of talks mediated by former United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan and the Chairman of the African Union Jakaya Kikwete.

Kenyan President Mwai Kibaki and opposition leader Raila Odinga signed the agreement before international diplomats and representatives of the Kenyan government and opposition.

Chief mediator Kofi Annan said that the two leaders had agreed on a government structure after five hours of intensive talks.

“I am pleased to be able to tell you and all the citizens of Kenya that the two parties this afternoon completed the work on agenda item three, how to overcome the political crisis,” he said.

The two sides agreed to the creation of the posts of prime minister and two deputy prime ministers. The prime minister is accorded authority over the ministries. The prime minister is to be nominated by the largest party or coalition in parliament and can only be removed by a majority vote of the national assembly. The accord also calls for distribution of the ministerial posts according to the relative strength of each party in parliament. And it calls for the changes to be enacted by constitutional amendment, a major demand of the opposition. The Prime Minister post has gone to Odinga.

Mr. Kibaki and Mr. Odinga pledged to ensure that the accord is implemented and called for unity among all Kenyans. Mr. Annan commended the two parties, saying they reached a common position for the good of the nation. And he had a message for the citizens of Kenya.

“Compromise was necessary for the survival of this country,” he said. “Support this agreement, for it is the key to the unity of Kenya. It is the foundation for national reconciliation and it is the springboard for national recovery.”

British Prime Minister Gordon Brown released a statement calling the signing of the power-sharing agreement a “a triumph for peace and diplomacy.”

“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,” the statement said.

Cquote1.svg Support this agreement, for it is the key to the unity of Kenya. It is the foundation for national reconciliation and it is the springboard for national recovery. Cquote2.svg

—Former UN secretary general, Kofi Annan

Brown also thanked Kofi Annan for his work and urged the international community to play their part and support Kenya’s new government. Brown also noted that “Real leadership, patience and tolerance is necessary to ensure that the agreement sticks.”

Kenyans are viewing the deal skeptically, such as 56-year old refugee Paul Waweru, “The deal between Raila and Kibaki will help to cool down the situation but I doubt if it will enable us to get back to our homes.”

Diana Murugi, 72, lost her two sons in the violent fighting that has plagued Kenya since the end of the disputed elections at the close of last year.

“The coalition is about Kibaki, Raila and the big men, what about those of us here in the camp? How will I reconcile with people who killed my sons? It is impossible, even if Kibaki and Raila are in the same government,” she said.

Parliament is to convene next week to enact the measures. Mr. Annan said the negotiations would resume Friday on long-term issues such as constitutional reform and ways to end inequalities in land and wealth distribution.

The two sides have been meeting for nearly five weeks in an effort to find a political solution to the Kenya crisis. One thousand people were killed and several hundred thousand were displaced in the violence that erupted after Mr. Kibaki was declared the winner of a presidential election that the opposition says was rigged.



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February 26, 2008

Kenya peace talks put on hold

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Talks to end the violence in Kenya have been put on hold.

The discussions, which have been going on for more than a month, aim to come to an agreement between the current President Mwai Kibaki of the ruling Party of National Unity and Raila Odinga, the leader of the oppositional Orange Democratic Movement. Violence sparked in the country after Mr. Odinga claimed that the voting was rigged in favour of the President.

The Orange Democratic Movement had threatened to restart protests if an agreement was not made, something which could cause further violence in the capital Nairobi and some other areas of the country. However, it has been agreed that Raila Odinga will fill the post of Prime Minister, which will be created once conditions of how power sharing will take placed are agreed upon.

1,500 people have died since the protests started last December and talks have recently managed to come to some progress, by agreeing to share power. Kofi Annan, the mediator of the talks and former head of the UN, has been quoted by the BBC as saying: “The talks have not broken down but I am taking steps to make sure we accelerate the process and give peace to the people as soon as possible.”

Discussions have proven difficult, with Mr. Odinga blaming Mr. Kibaki for rigging elections and with the President blaming Odinga’s Orange Democratic Movement for starting the violence, which has left up to 300,000 people displaced.



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February 16, 2008

Bush starts off Africa trip in Benin

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Laura Bush, First Lady of the United States, upon arrival in Benin, with Chantal de Souza Yayi, First Lady of Benin.

Yayi and Bush previously met at the White House in December 2006.

U.S. President George W. Bush, accompanied by his wife Laura, began his five-nation trip to Africa today in Benin, where he met with President Yayi Boni and participated in a joint press conference. This is Bush’s second visit to Africa and the first time any US president has visited Benin. Topics that were discussed included malaria, cotton, and the crises in Kenya and Darfur.

At the press conference, held at Cadjehoun International Airport in Cotonou, Yayi thanked Bush for coming to visit and praised him for his “great concern for Africa, its well being, and of the development of its people.” Bush then commended the government of Benin for their “fight against corruption” and “firm commitment to the investment in its people”.

“Your fight against corruption is visible and easy for the people to see,” Bush said. “This is such a good lesson … because leaders around the world have got to understand that the United States wants to partner with leaders and the people, but we’re not going to do so with people that steal money, pure and simple.” Benin is one of the recipients of the Millennium Challenge Account, which aims to foster economic growth in countries that are deemed to have effective governments and economic freedom.

On the topic of malaria, Bush mentioned the Malaria Initiative, which intends to provide a mosquito net for every child to prevent the spread of the disease. He also mentioned initiatives to facilitate the spread of HIV and AIDS. “We can save lives with an aggressive, comprehensive strategy,” Bush said. “And that’s exactly what you’re putting in place here in Benin.”

Cquote1.svg The United States wants to partner with leaders and the people, but we’re not going to do so with people that steal money, pure and simple. Cquote2.svg

—George W. Bush

The economy was also an important issue. President Yayi said he and President Bush discussed diversifying Benin’s economy away from its dependence on cotton. “He shared his vision with us, and he is encouraging us to diversify the sources of solutions to the problem that we have today, namely the cotton industry.” Yayi says it is hard competing with cotton markets in Asia and the United States. Bush said the World Trade Organization is willing to help Benin’s economy, but he also suggested exporting more cotton-based products in addition to raw cotton.

Bush said the United States will help facilitate a peacekeeping force in Darfur, but will not send troops to the region. “I made the decision not to [send troops], upon the recommendation of a lot of the groups involved in Darfur, as well as other folks … once you make that decision, then there’s not many other avenues except for the United Nations and the peacekeeping forces.”

When asked about the situation in Kenya, Bush said he has sent Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice to visit the country on Monday to support former UN Secretary General Kofi Annan in mediating the conflict. “Kenya is an issue … and that’s why I’m sending Secretary Rice there to help the Kofi Annan initiative – all aimed at having a clear message that there be no violence and that there ought to be a power-sharing agreement,” said Bush.

White House national security adviser Stephen Hadley said Rice’s visit will only last a few hours. “It’s basically to go in, give some impetus, but then step out and let Kofi Annan continue his diplomacy,” he said. At a press briefing aboard Air Force One, one reporter questioned what could be accomplished in a few hours and asked why the President didn’t go to Kenya instead. Ambassador Jendayi Frazer answered with, “Secretary Rice’s engagement on Kenya has been much longer than a few hours. She has been talking to President Kibaki and Raila Odinga before the election, right on the eve of the announcement, immediately after that. And so she’s been very much engaged over the last three or four months on dealing with electoral crisis.”

“The purpose of her going is to back Kofi’s mediation, it’s not to take over that mediation,” Frazer continued. “President Bush does not need to go to Kenya at this point. At the right moment in time, the President will engage, but right now it’s occurring in a very systematic way to back Annan’s mediation, not to try to supplant Annan’s mediation.”

After spending three hours in Benin, Bush flew to Tanzania, where he will stay for three nights. He will then continue his trip in Rwanda, Ghana, and Liberia.



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February 7, 2008

Kenyan humanitarian crisis deepens as talks continue

Kenyan humanitarian crisis deepens as talks continue

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In Kenya, the government and opposition have resumed talks on the dispute over the elections that sparked a month-long wave of violence. Relief officials say the humanitarian toll continues to rise and are calling for a speedy solution.

Relief officials appealed to political leaders to stabilize security throughout Kenya as the number of people fleeing violence in some parts of the country continued to rise.

A Kenya Red Cross spokesman, Tony Mwangi, says the instability is aggravating the humanitarian crisis. “There are a lot of areas that require immediate assistance in the form of food as well as shelter for freshly displaced people and this is mostly in the western region of the country and a bit of the Rift Valley,” Mwangi said.

Nearly 100 people have been killed in the violence in the past several days, mostly in western Kenya. The Red Cross says as a result the death toll has risen to about 1,000 and the number of homeless has grown to more than 300,000.

Mwangi said his organization has provided some assistance to most of the displaced in the country but not enough. He said security was an essential condition for the efficient distribution of aid.

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“Our humanitarian response moves a lot faster when security is available. And while the Kenya Red Cross have access to some of the areas that have been affected the speed at which we would like to operate is not the best,” Mwangi said.

Mwangi said the best solution is for the displaced to be able to return home where they can receive food rations while their homes and communities are rebuilt. The camps, which are prone to disease, criminality and social problems, are not a long-term solution.

The talks aimed at resolving the Kenyan crisis continued Wednesday. They focused on the disputed December elections that sparked the violence.

The opposition accuses the government of rigging the elections in order to install President Mwai Kibaki for a second term. The government says the opposition should take its objections to the courts.

Former U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan, who is overseeing the talks, was joined by two other members of the mediation team, South Africa’s former first lady Graca Machel and Tanzania‘s former president Benjamin Mkapa.

Mr. Mkapa told reporters the talks are progressing at a good pace.

He says the talks show cooperation from both sides and a serious commitment to achieving Kenyans’ expectations of living in peace and unity.

Several hundred business leaders Tuesday announced that industrial production had been reduced by 40 percent during the past month. Exports had been hard hit by the paralysis of transportation. And hotel occupancy in tourist areas had fallen from 90 percent to 10 percent.

They forecast that economic growth would decline by several percentage points from its recent rate of more than six percent. They said 400,000 jobs could be lost in the next six months and the country could fall into recession if the crisis continued.



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January 15, 2008

Kenya\’s parliament meets for first time since disputed election

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Kenya’s new Parliament convened for the first time since the country’s disputed December 27 election, but politician’s on opposing sides took part in a heated discussion over who would be the new speaker of the party.

Kenyan opposition politicians argued with followers of re-elected President Mwai Kibaki over how to pick a new parliamentary speaker.

When a discussion into how the speaker should be decided started, lawmakers with Raila Odinaga‘s opposition Orange Democratic Movement insisted the election for speaker be held by open ballot; Mr. Kibaki’s supporters demanded the vote be secret.

The discussion took place for over an hour politicians from both sides took part in a discussion where anger was clearly shown, before the two parties decided a secret ballot was acceptable.

“The standing orders are very clear that members will be given a ballot. Can you show us where it says secret ballot? We went into election with secret ballot, you stole the vote, we cannot trust you anymore,” said William Ruto, a senior adviser for Odigna.

After a first round of voting, the Orange Democratic Movement candidate had a narrow lead, necessitating another ballot. If no-one gets two-thirds majority after two rounds the speaker will be elected by a simple majority in the third round.

It was an argument like that seen in Parliament that has led many Kenyans to say they have felt abandoned by their leaders in the weeks of chaos that followed the December 27 vote.

Demonstrations

Kenya is preparing for Wednesday, when Mr. Odinga plans the first of three consecutive days of protest in cities around the country. The government has said it will not allow the demonstrations to go ahead.

Former United Nations secretary-general Kofi Annan is to go to Nairobi in a few days to try to find a solution to the issue. Mr. Kibaki’s government has said it sees no reason to negotiate, because it says the vote was fair. Annan was due to arrive today but delayed it as he is suffering from flu.

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At least 500 people have been killed and more than 250,000 displaced in clashes between protesters and police, as well as ethnic-related violence that has seen rioters torch homes and businesses across the nation.

Some say they are furious over the presidential vote, which international observers have said was flawed. Others appear to be taking advantage of lawlessness that followed the vote.

While the parliamentary debate went on, violence continued across the country. In Nairobi’s giant Mathare slum, gangs torched a school and an orphanage. And to the northwest, in an area hit hard by violence, groups of young men allegedly from the Kalenjin tribe killed at least two people and set their homes ablaze.

“Gangs of Kalenjin warriors invaded the village and they burned down a couple of houses. When people went in to salvage some things, they met them and they killed two of them,” said Karanja Njoroge, a retired professor in the village where the attacks occurred. He added that “several others were wounded with arrows in their bodies. And they removed the ones who were wounded and they ran away on the main highway toward the police station.”



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January 11, 2008

Opposition calls for mass rallies across Kenya

Opposition calls for mass rallies across Kenya

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Friday, January 11, 2008

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Kenya’s political opposition says mediation efforts with the government over Kenya’s flawed December elections have collapsed and the opposition is now calling for mass rallies across the country next week.

Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) Secretary-General Anyang Nyongo called for Kenyans in towns around Kenya to gather for three days of protests next week, in a move that it hopes will mimic the Ukrainian revolution that led to the overturning of flawed election results.

Just minutes after the plan was announced, Kenya’s police commissioner said the rallies would not be allowed.

Leaders of the opposition laid blame for the country’s political deadlock in the lap of President Mwai Kibaki’s government which says the opposition should bring its complaints to court. Opposition leaders says that the vote count, which has been surrounded by allegations of rigging, was a violation of the constitution and that the courts are in Mr. Kibaki’s pocket.

Flanked by opposition presidential candidate Raila Odinga and ODM lawmakers who won parliamentary seats, Nyongo called the vote-rigging and the government’s stance a betrayal of the rights of all Kenyans.

“The Kibaki side does not want a just solution,” he said. “It is hell-bent on clinging to power regardless of the verdict of the people of Kenya. The Kibaki side wants only to dictate terms that we should follow. There are no compromises and no second thoughts about what they have done. Talks are just an opportunity for them to delay and silence us, while they consolidate themselves in power.”

At least 500 people have been killed and more than 250,000 displaced in violence that erupted since Kenya’s vote, and neither side has shown any willingness to compromise. On Thursday, Ghana President John Kufuor left Kenya after failing to achieve a deal between the two sides.

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Previous violence in Kenya

President Kibaki has named several members of his new Cabinet despite the controversy over the vote, which international observers say appears to have been rigged. Almost all of those appointed are political allies, a fact that the opposition has said is proof of his unwillingness to compromise.

The government says it is committed to constructive dialogue, but opposition leader Nyongo says that is a sham.

“Stealing is still going on, cheating is still going on, and quite honestly, Kibaki should be embarrassed to be, embarrassed every day by the fact that he stole,” he added. “I don’t think it’s a very good sign to be a head of state who has the extra title of eminent thief.”

Meanwhile on Thursday, former United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan was to arrive with several prominent African leaders to try to broker a compromise. Mr. Odinga’s team has said it only wants talks to take place through a mediator, while President Kibaki has insisted on face-to-face negotiations.



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January 7, 2008

Kenya\’s leader Kibaki seeks Ghanaian president Kufuor\’s mediation

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Ghana’s President John Kufuor is expected to travel to Kenya this week to help resolve the escalating violence that has plunged Kenya into a political crisis. This comes after Kenyan President Mwai Kibaki sent an envoy to brief the Ghanaian president, who is also chairman of the African Union on the current situation in Kenya. Kibaki has also reportedly said he is willing to dialogue without pre-condition with opposition leader Raila Odinga of the Orange Democratic Movement who is claiming he won December’s presidential election. Odigna has decided to call off protests that were due to take place tomorrow as a result of the action. He has agreed to take part in the mediation process. This is despite earlier reports that he would not take part in the mediation.

Akwasi Osei-Adjei is Ghana’s foreign minister. He tells VOA reporter Peter Clottey that President Kufuor is concerned about the tensions in Kenya.

“Basically, the president has been invited to Kenya to see for himself the situation and offer advise as to how the two leaders can come together to stop what is happening in Kenya. As you know, people are being killed and there are a lot of disturbances in Kenya and Kenya is like a pillar of a democratic country is now blowing up in our faces. And I don’t think it is for any African country to stand by and more so the chair of the AU (Africa Union) to sit by for such a thing to happen to Kenya. He (president Kufuor) is going there to offer advice,” Osei-Adjei noted.

He reckoned that President Kufuor’s expected trip would yield positive results that would help alleviate the escalating violence in Kenya.

“We hope so. He (President Kufuor) wouldn’t move from Ghana to Kenya not expecting to make a difference to make the situation calm and normal. You know so that is what we expect,” he said.

Osei-Adjei denied speculations that President Kufuor’s mediation efforts could possibly worsen the situation just like in Zimbabwe.

“No, I don’t think so. Zimbabwe is quite a different issue. This is coming out as a result of elections, the recent elections and what is happening that we have to be there to ensure that the two leaders can sit down and then calm the situation,” Osei-Adjei pointed out.

He said President Kibaki invited the Ghanaian president to help solve the escalating violence, which is blamed on the controversy surrounding the December elections.

“Well, the envoy came yesterday to brief the president of Ghana and at the same time the chair of the AU the situation before elections, during elections and after the elections. Upon this then he also added the President (Kibaki) has also asked him to invite the president of Ghana that is President Kufuor of Ghana to be there to help calm the situation. This is what was said yesterday that President Kufuor is going to Kenya to talk to the two leadership and then make them come to if you like some the peace pipe so that things in Kenya will calm down so that of course the necessary things could be done, and then ensure that people go about their normal businesses,” he said.


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January 2, 2008

Mob attack on church in Kenya leaves 30 dead

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Wednesday, January 2, 2008

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A mob set fire to a church in western Kenya Tuesday, killing at least 30 people inside who were seeking refuge from widespread post-election violence. Some reports state that as many as 50 people were killed. It is believed that approximately half of the dead are children. Witnesses say the fire was set by a gang of young men who poured fuel on the structure before setting it ablaze.

Reporter Abjata Khalif of the Africa Pastoralist Journalists Network visited the scene. He told VOA he counted 13 bodies lying in pools of blood within the Kenya Assemblies of God Pentacostal church in the village of Burnt Forest just a few kilometers outside Eldoret.

“The attackers came and overran the entire church,” he said. “They broke down the doors and then broke the windows. Several of the bodies I saw had big cuts; others were dismembered.”

“[Some of the bodies] were barefoot,” he continued. “ They ran away from their farms or their homes because the violence was (expected).

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[Many], who were in the church [originally] with the children and old people, ran for dear life [as the attack began] and left the others inside.”

Khalif said NGOs including the Red Cross are looking for those who successfully fled the church to identify the dead. Aid agencies also predict that there would be a “humanitarian catastrophe,” if problems in Kenya are not resolved soon.

He says some politicians are calling for calm include the opposition MP for the area, William Ruto. Khalif said Ruto, who was expected to be named prime minister if opposition candidate Raila Odinga were named president, “made an effort to calm down the [Kalinjin people, saying we’re [trying] to solve the election [controversy] at international and national levels.” He said Ruto asked the public not to take part in acts of violence against life or property.

Khalif said authorities are girding for more potential unrest because the opposition has called for a mass action at the grounds of Uhuru Park in Nairobi Thursday, despite government warnings that such actions are illegal. He said up to two million people are expected.

The attack in the Eldoret area pushed the death toll from the violence to about 275. World leaders are calling on Kenyan politicians to help end the crisis, which divides Kenya’s people mainly along ethnic lines — the Kikuyu tribe of President Mwai Kibaki and the Luo tribe of opposition leader Raila Odinga.



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