Saturday, January 19, 2008

Kenya: The natives are still restless

Retired Briton shot dead in front of his wife during Kenyan idyll. His dream house became a crime scene.

“They ambushed him demanding money. Mr Warren resisted and they shot him twice, on the chest and in the arm.” The thieves escaped with about £6,000 but Waikwa added that the killing appeared to be unconnected to post-election violence that has claimed hundreds of lives in Kenya this month.

Including last night's Riot violence claims 8 lives.
At least eight people were killed overnight in Kenya, bringing to 33 the number of deaths over the past three days related to opposition protests against President Mwai Kibaki’s re-election, police sources said Saturday.“Three people were killed overnight in Baba Dogo and in Kibera slums in Nairobi, but we will restore law and order no matter the case,” a top police official, who requested anonymity, told AFP. He said they were killed by police. Another five people were killed in Kisumu, in the west of the country, and police said they are investigating who killed them. (Ed. note: If it happened in Kisumu, it's the Moslems that did it.)

They are fighting with bows, arrows and machetes. As well as seeking refuge in a Catholic monastery - which is now under armed guard. "Seeking refuge in Cathlolic monastery" now what does that tell you about the attackers. Could they be M-O-S-L-E-M?

Five more people died in ethnic clashes Saturday. Kalenjin, Kisii and Kikuyu fought each other with bows and arrows and machetes in villages around a Catholic monastery northwest of Nairobi. Police said they were guarding the monastery, where hundreds of people have sought refuge.

And Moonbats are moonbats no matter where they may roam as a catchy "song for peace" entitled, "Kenya Together" hits the Kenyan airwaves.

It mixes hip-hop, reggae and other styles, in a musical metaphor for the unity it aims to inspire to help heal raw ethnic divisions revealed by the recent violence. “It questions why the great people of Kenya are fighting each other, it asks why a people once together are shedding the blood of women, children and the elderly,” Kamanzi said, translating some of the lyrics which are sung in Swahili. “The reaction has been amazing and one DJ in a radio station.

And the beat goes on with American Ambassador to Kenya, Michael Ranneberger. Listen to his happy moral equivocation...

U.S. Ambassador Michael Ranneberger, citing “many factors and underlying grievances,” has compared Kenya's violence to the 1968 race riots in the United States.

At a town hall meeting Friday for Americans in Nairobi, Ranneberger said there had been “a lot of cheating on both sides” in the Dec. 27 elections that pitted Kibaki against Odinga.

The U.S. maintains there were allegations of improprieties on both sides that were not properly investigated, and Ranneberger said either Odinga or Kibaki could have won by 120,000 votes because it was a close election and both sides are alleged to have rigged.

But David Throup, an associate of the Washington D.C.-based Center for Strategic and International Studies, said in a public conference call with Ranneberger that Odinga won by 120,000 votes.

Despite saying initially that his party would only take to the streets for three days, the Opposition calls for more rallies. So BHO's cousin rolls the dice and takes to the streets. Clearly, he's holding out for the best deal in some kind of a power sharing agreement. I wonder will the same thing occur between BHO and HRC when it comes time for filling the VP slot? My feeling: If push comes to shove and HRC takes it, BHO will take the VP slot and they will make nice. You heard it here first. (Although I've been wrong before, too.)

And this is a fine kettle of fish:

Three Foreigners arrested in Nairobi. Claimed to be journalists but had pics of "vital installations." They're in the jailhouse now.