News Roundup 18 January

ODM Insists On International Mediator
ODM has insisted it would only negotiate with President Kibaki’s team through an international mediator.
http://allafrica.com/stories/200801180911.html

Kibaki Appoints Committee to Lead Crisis Talks
President Kibaki has appointed a high-level committee to spearhead national political dialogue and end the current crisis.
http://allafrica.com/stories/200801180925.html

Police Call Kisumu Shooting ‘Unfortunate’
Police headquarters has termed as ‘unfortunate’ an incident in which a police officer was shown shooting two unarmed protestors in Kisumu, killing one.
http://allafrica.com/stories/200801180904.html

Four Shot Dead As Protesters Defy Police
Four people were shot dead in Kibera slums as police dispersed demonstrators who had destroyed about two kilometres of the railway line.
http://allafrica.com/stories/200801180928.html

‘Standard’ Makes Plea On Live Coverage
The Standard Group Deputy Chairman, Mr Paul Melly, has requested the Ministry of Information to give journalists guidelines on live coverage.
http://allafrica.com/stories/200801180923.html

NGOs Say Poll Winner Uncertain
A new report by 50 civil society organisations details how the Electoral Commission of Kenya (ECK) bungled the presidential poll.
http://allafrica.com/stories/200801180908.html

One Killed in Mombasa Riots
At least one person was shot dead by police in Mombasa as ODM supporters staged a demonstration.
http://allafrica.com/stories/200801180907.html

Aid Freeze May Hurt Economy
THE threat of a freeze on aid by Western donors and opposition plans to boycott companies owned by President Kibaki’s allies will delay the country’s economic recovery, analysts say.
http://allafrica.com/stories/200801180909.html

Country Counts Losses
About two kilometres of Kenya-Uganda Railway line was uprooted in Nairobi’s Kibera’s slums on the final day of mass action as more deaths and violent confrontations took place.
http://allafrica.com/stories/200801180906.html

Kibaki Appoints Committee to Lead Crisis Talks
President Kibaki has appointed a high-level committee to spearhead national political dialogue and end the current crisis.
http://allafrica.com/stories/200801180925.html

Senior Women Editors Campaign for Peace
The story of a 12-year-old girl stabbed by her 14-year-old neighbour just because their parents supported different presidential candidates in the Dec. 27 elections will hardly make headlines here. Neither will the story of a woman in President Mwai Kibaki’s backyard sheltering about 100 workers who have fled the post-election violence.
http://allafrica.com/stories/200801180877.html

The Rift Valley’s Deadly Land Rows
Kenya’s breadbasket Rift Valley Province has experienced some of the worst ethnic clashes since December’s disputed polls. But there is nothing new to the violence in this volatile region.
http://allafrica.com/stories/200801180641.html

Kenya holds Germans, Dutch for suspected terrorism
Source: Reuters (Corrects spelling of name to Hauth from Haut in paragraph 5) By Wangui Kanina NAIROBI, Jan 18 (Reuters) - Two German men and a Dutch woman who entered Kenya as journalists have been arrested on ...
http://www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/L18135163.htm

What You Can Do
Independent global non-profit, Avaaz, has created a very effective, easy-to-use, online campaign for a viable peace in Kenya. Click here to send a letter to your Foreign Minister, that will keep the pressure on the Kibaki regime to agree to a mediated resolution that delivers electoral justice. Avaaz.org is an independent, not-for-profit global campaigning organization that works to ensure that the views and values of the world’s people inform global decision-making. (Avaaz means “voice” in many languages.) Avaaz receives no money from governments or corporations, and is staffed by a global team based in London, Rio de Janeiro, New York, Paris, Washington DC, and Geneva.
http://www.shailja.com

Kenyan Opposition Turns to Boycott
Protests cooled in Kenya on Friday as opposition leaders announced that they were switching tactics from street demonstrations to boycotts.
http://www.nytimes.com/2008/01/19/world/africa/19kenya.html?ex=1358398800&en=aa875081c58fdb35&ei=5090&partner=rssuserland&emc=rss

Amnesty International Condemns Excessive Use of Force by Police
Amnesty International today condemned the reckless and excessive use of lethal force by the Kenyan police, as reports emerged of the killings of at least twelve people—including a 13 year old boy – by police during protests called by the opposition Orange Democratic Movement (ODM).
http://allafrica.com/stories/200801180852.html

Day Three Riots Leave Six Dead
Six people have been killed in the third day of opposition protests as former UN chief Kofi Annan announced he will arrive on Tuesday for renewed mediation efforts.
http://allafrica.com/stories/200801180793.html

Religious Groups Say Opposition Stoked Up Post-Poll Violence
The opposition’s rejection of presidential election results fueled the violence in which over 600 Kenyans have died and 250,000 others displaced, an alliance of religious organizations said.
http://allafrica.com/stories/200801180736.html

Annan heads to Kenya on peace mission
Former United Nations secretary general Kofi Annan will go to Kenya on Tuesday to help mediate in the country’s violent political crisis, the UN said on Friday. A statement said that Annan, who had called off a planned trip last Tuesday after contracting flu, “is making a good recovery”.
http://www.mg.co.za/articlepage.aspx?area=/breaking_news/breaking_news__africa/&articleid=330058&referrer=RSS

The Rift Valley’s Deadly Land Rows
Kenya’s breadbasket Rift Valley Province has experienced some of the worst ethnic clashes since December’s disputed polls. But there is nothing new to the violence in this volatile region.
http://allafrica.com/stories/200801180641.html

Police clash with marchers in Nairobi
[MOBILE VIDEO] The area around the Jamia mosque in Nairobi’s city centre was witnessed confrontation between police and ODM militants demonstrating in the streets. Police used teargas to break up the demonstration. No human casualty was reported.
http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/AfricaNewsUpdate/~3/218944186/10304

Kibaki sets up 12-man team to lead dialogue
President Mwai Kibaki has just appointed a 12 man committee to spearhead dialogue and national healing.
http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/AfricaNewsUpdate/~3/218944188/10301

Not all is lost with the crisis
Kenya tourism experts say that all is not lost in the sector following the outbreak of post election violence in parts of the country , and that decisive efforts aimed at ending the current stalemate would enable the sector to return to normalcy in a matter of months.
http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/AfricaNewsUpdate/~3/218944189/10298

Go to international court - spokesman
The Kenyan government is this evening challenging the opposition leaders to take their grievances to an international court of their choice if they do not trust the Kenyan judicial system.

Five killed in Kisumu on Thursday
Five people were shot dead during demonstrations in Kisumu today, Nyanza Province medical superintendent Dr.Juliana Atieno has confirmed.
http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/AfricaNewsUpdate/~3/218944197/10279

Kenya protest: Day two
[PHOTO GALLERY] AfricaNews photographer Lameck Nyagudi witnessed new outbreaks of violence in Mathare yesterday. Houses burned down, people fled and were chased by an agry mob. Nyagudi met a woman in tears who just after she heard her husband shot dead.
http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/AfricaNewsUpdate/~3/218944194/10281

ODM to Call Off Protests
The Orange Democratic Movement is expected to call off mass action after today’s protests and change strategy in their push for justice over the contested re-election of President Kibaki.
http://allafrica.com/stories/200801180595.html

The Rift Valley’s deadly land rows
Source: IRIN Kenya’s breadbasket Rift Valley Province has experienced some of the worst ethnic clashes since December’s disputed polls. But there is nothing new to the violence in this volatile region.
http://www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/IRIN/43b6c0cd072c9b75885ab9812fb2a66f.htm

The Rift Valley’s deadly land rows
NAIROBI Friday, January 18, 2008 (IRIN) - Kenya’s breadbasket Rift Valley Province has experienced some of the worst ethnic clashes since December’s disputed polls. But there is nothing new to the violence in this volatile region. More than 220 people have been killed in the province since the elections, according to police figures, including at least 30, many of them children, who died when the church in which they had sought refuge was torched on 1 January in a village near Eldoret. Hundreds of homes and farms have been set on fire and recently harvested crops stolen.
http://www.irinnews.org/report.aspx?ReportId=76319

Florence Gundo - “How Will We Feed the Children?”
Florence Gundo is the coordinator and founder of the Orongo Widows and Orphans Group, which cares for 288 orphans in western Kenya’s Nyanza Province. Gundo told IRIN/PlusNews how the political unrest had affected the group.
http://allafrica.com/stories/200801180556.html

Kenya clashes lead to more deaths
Anger over disputed elections and tribal conflict leave many dead in Kenya
http://english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/6861058A-7177-4BFC-83D5-571625DF8C0F.htm

Politician Condemns Country’s Attitude Towards Kenyan Crisis
Former gubernatorial aspirant in Ogun State, under the banner of Action Congress (AC) and publisher of the widely read Africa Today Magazine, Asiwaju Kayode Soyinka, has condemned the non-challance of Nigeria government towards Kenya’s current political crisis.
http://allafrica.com/stories/200801180436.html

Police Under Fire Over Live Rounds
Human rights activists in Kenya have dismissed as meaningless police plans to launch an inquiry into the use of live rounds during protests against December’s controversial presidential elections.
http://allafrica.com/stories/200801180355.html

Kenya police kill protester in Mombasa-opposition
Source: Reuters MOMBASA, Kenya, Jan 18 (Reuters) - Kenyan police in the Indian Ocean port city of Mombasa shot and killed a man protesting against President Mwai Kibaki’s disputed re-election on Friday, a senior ...
http://www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/L18463550.htm

Police Under Fire Over Live Rounds
Human rights activists in Kenya have dismissed as meaningless police plans to launch an inquiry into the use of live rounds during protests against December’s controversial presidential elections.
http://allafrica.com/stories/200801180355.html

Observers Criticise Post Poll Standards
The December 27 General Election failed to meet international standards on human rights and civil liberties, an international observer mission has said.
http://allafrica.com/stories/200801180207.html

Anti Kibaki Demo outside the Kenya Embassy in Stockholm

Kalenjin Resentment On Their Political Rights And Job Discrimination In Kenya
By George Rono
Ladies and Gentlemen (Bigap Kutit), I greet you all in the name of Koitalel arap Samoei, our great orkoiyot and Nandi warrior who was assassinated 100 years ago by the British colonialists. There is no other time in our history that our unity is more important than today. There is no other time that [...]
http://www.publiceyesite.org/blog/?p=1607

Florence Gundo: “How will we feed the children?”
NAIROBI Friday, January 18, 2008 (IRIN) - Florence Gundo is the coordinator and founder of the Orongo Widows and Orphans Group, which cares for 288 orphans in western Kenya’s Nyanza Province. Gundo told IRIN/PlusNews how the political unrest had affected the group. “Our group consists of several women, many of whom lost their husbands to HIV and are HIV-positive themselves. We run a nursery where orphaned children come and spend the day and get a meal; some of the women also live with and care for the orphans as guardians. Most of these orphans lost their parents to HIV.
http://www.irinnews.org/report.aspx?ReportId=76305

Opposition to Call Off Protests
The Orange Democratic Movement is expected to call off mass action after today’s protests and change strategy in their push for justice over the contested re-election of President Kibaki.
http://allafrica.com/stories/200801180115.html

Blame Game as Death Toll in Protests Rise
PNU MPs and those from affiliate parties that support President Kibaki’s re-election said ODM leaders were to blame for the protests that led to the deaths.
http://allafrica.com/stories/200801180159.html

Business Paralysed and Schools Closed as More Youths Protest
Business in Mwatate and Voi towns was Thursday paralysed the whole afternoon as police clashed with several hundred demonstrators who had responded to the ODM call for mass action.
http://allafrica.com/stories/200801180157.html

Police Should Re-Think Mob Control Strategy
It is now quite clear that in certain instances the police are employing excessive force in handling the protests called by ODM over the disputed presidential election results.
http://allafrica.com/stories/200801180154.html

Naivasha Town Bursting at the Seams With Street Families
Naivasha Town will soon be bursting at the seams with street children and street adults. And thanks to a flourishing horticultural industry that has attracted many job seekers, the town’s population is exploding.
http://allafrica.com/stories/200801180152.html

Human Rights Activits Chains Himself To The Fence At police HQ

Post-Election Violence Displaces Over 100,000 Children - Unicef
The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) estimates that at least 100,000 children have been forced to flee their homes due to the wave of violence that swept through Kenya following last month’s disputed elections.
http://allafrica.com/stories/200801180107.html

Tale of Killer Bullets in Kisumu
Theatre of the absurd by police was captured by TV cameramen as a trigger-happy officer snuffed out the life of hapless Olago Junior who had joined others for a peaceful protest in Kisumu.
http://allafrica.com/stories/200801180097.html

Man killed in post-election violence in southern Kenya
Source: Reuters NAROK, Kenya, Jan 18 (Reuters) - Maasai tribesmen protesting over President Mwai Kibaki’s re-election killed a Kikuyu man with an arrow in southwest Kenya on Friday, police said. “The man ...
http://www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/L1855898.htm

Kenya opposition says it’s time to move on
Opposition street protests over the disputed re-election of Kenyan President Mwai Kibaki will end after demonstrations planned for Friday, a spokesperson said. At least eight people have been shot dead by police during two days of protests called by Raila Odinga, leader of the opposition Orange Democratic Movement.
http://www.mg.co.za/articlepage.aspx?area=/breaking_news/breaking_news__africa/&articleid=329951&referrer=RSS

Eight More Killed in Chaos
Eight more people were killed in Nairobi and Kisumu as police battled with demonstrators on the second day of rallies called by ODM to protest at the disputed results of the December Presidential election.
http://allafrica.com/stories/200801180010.html

Police Shoot Dead More Protesters in Day Two of Demos
The toll of those whose lives were brutally brought to an end by police rose to more than 10, on another day of mass protests coupled with a drastic international response to the post-election crisis.
http://allafrica.com/stories/200801171068.html

Journalists Barred From Covering ‘Operation’ in Kibera
Journalists once again faced the wrath of police last evening when they were forced out of Kibera where GSU officers were conducting an operation.
http://allafrica.com/stories/200801171067.html

Commonwealth - Poll Validity in Doubt
A final report by the Commonwealth Observer Group has again faulted the outcome of the presidential vote, saying its validity was in doubt.
http://allafrica.com/stories/200801171065.html

Businesses Suffering in Election’s Wake
KISII, Kenya, Jan 17 (IPS) - Joseph Ombui, standing in his barely stocked shop,
looks anxiously at his customers every time he responds, “Out of stock. Please try next week.”
http://www.ipsnews.net/news.asp?idnews=40829

Eight More Killed in Chaos
Eight more people were killed in Nairobi and Kisumu as police battled with demonstrators on the second day of rallies called by ODM to protest at the disputed results of the December Presidential election.
http://allafrica.com/stories/200801180010.html

Police Shoot Dead More Protesters in Day Two of Demos
The toll of those whose lives were brutally brought to an end by police rose to more than 10, on another day of mass protests coupled with a drastic international response to the post-election crisis.
http://allafrica.com/stories/200801171068.html

Kenya braced for further protests
Kenyan opposition supporters vow to defy a ban on rallies for a third day in protest over disputed elections.
http://news.bbc.co.uk/go/rss/-/1/hi/world/africa/7195307.stm

ODM Mass In Action
People who come to work are thrown tear gas, those at stage waiting for buses to communte home are thrown tear gas, when they are at their homes resting with family are killed with stray bullets and when walking along the streets peacefully without knowledge of demonstrations are faced with police brutality. A dictator is [...]
http://www.publiceyesite.org/blog/?p=1605

Commentary News: Who does Ngugi want tried in The Hague?
PROF. Ngugi wa Thiong’o was my teacher many years ago. He taught me how to think logically at the University of Nairobi at a time when the nation’s consciousness was at its peak. In those days, the Literature Department was the place to be. A mere department [...]
http://www.publiceyesite.org/blog/?p=1604

News: Another Police Killing In Kisumu
Police in Kenya have again clashed with demonstrators protesting about the outcome of last month’s presidential election.
Viewers may find some of the images in this report distressing
http://www.bbc.co.uk/mediaselector/check/player/nol/newsid_7190000/newsid_7194500?redirect=7194515.stm&news=1&bbram=1&bbwm=1&nbram=1&nbwm=1&asb=1

Former Tanzanian President Arrives for Talks
Former Tanzanian President, Mr Benjamin Mkapa, has arrived in the country for mediation talks between the Government and ODM.
http://allafrica.com/stories/200801171020.html

PNU Wants Probe Into Post-Poll Violence
The Party of National Unity has called for investigation to establish whether crimes against humanity have been committed in the post-election violence.
http://allafrica.com/stories/200801171019.html

UN’s Plea to Donors for Urgent Aid
The United Nations has launched an urgent appeal to international donors for $42 million (Sh2.7 billion) in humanitarian aid to victims of post-election violence.
http://allafrica.com/stories/200801171015.html

Kaparo Calls for Reconciliation
Former House Speaker, Mr Francis ole Kaparo, and his successor, Mr Kenneth Marende, have appealed to President Kibaki and ODM leader, Mr Raila Odinga to save the country from disintegration.
http://allafrica.com/stories/200801171012.html

One More Person Killed in Kisumu Demonstrations
Police shot dead another youth in Kisumu in a fresh flare up, bringing the death toll in the lakeside town to six in two days.
http://allafrica.com/stories/200801171011.html

Killings Will Jeopardize Crisis Talks, Says Raila
ODM leader, Mr Raila Odinga, has warned that the ongoing killings of innocent protestors would jeopardise talks on the political stalemate.
http://allafrica.com/stories/200801171017.html

Airlines Face Turbulence Flying Into Political Turmoil
The political crisis that has gripped Kenya over the last 18 days is casting a dark cloud over the performance of national carrier Kenya Airways in the financial year that ends in March.
http://allafrica.com/stories/200801171008.html

Bonds Valuation to Take Hit From Unrest
The valuation of bonds is expected to decline as investors scramble for short-term papers in an uncertain political environment, analysts said.
http://allafrica.com/stories/200801171001.html

Stop These Goons
Political activism notwithstanding, we cannot afford economic saboteurs in our midst. We have witnessed the crippling of the lakeside town of Kisumu’s economy with scores of entrepreneurs leaving for good after losing their property to looters, goons and arsonists.
http://allafrica.com/stories/200801170994.html

EU Freezes Aid Over Post-Poll Stalemate
The European Parliament yesterday voted for a freeze of all budgetary support to Kenya until a political settlement to the disputed re-election of President Kibaki is found.
http://allafrica.com/stories/200801171004.html

ODM supporters face court in Mombasa
Three Orange Democratic Movement [ODM] Supporters were charged in a Mombasa court for taking part in an unlawful assembly.
http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/AfricaNewsUpdate/~3/218478778/10225

Police teargas ODM leaders
Orange Democratic Movement leaders have for the second day running been dispersed from the City Centre by anti-riot policemen in Kenya’s capital Nairobi.
http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/AfricaNewsUpdate/~3/218478779/10221

Police defend use of real bullets
[MOBILE VIDEO] Police say that they are dealing with cult-like rioters in the Kenyan riots and are therefore justified to use different methods to manage the crowds.
http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/AfricaNewsUpdate/~3/218478776/10250

Comment on The dark days of Moi era back by Nderu
Looking at this subject, I am somewhat validated by the fact that I supported Moi and I support Kibaki. The problem was not Moi nor is it Kibaki. The problem is the very fact that Kenyans are passive and would rather leave things as they are as long as their back yards are not affected. Can you imagine what it is to be a President of Kenya? It is a hard job working with a thousand people that you really cannot trust, and it is even harder because you would not even have a charter that guides your behavior. So, the President must do what anyone without a charter must do - control!
http://www.marsgroupkenya.org/user/?p=79#comment-204

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