Kenya: 10 Burnt Alive As Toll Rises
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The Nation (Nairobi)
28 January 2008
Posted to the web 28 January 2008
At least 10 people were burnt alive and three others stoned to death as violence sparked by the outcome of the December General Election spread to Naivasha Town.
And in Nakuru, one more person was shot dead by attackers in Ponda Mali in the violence which has taken an ethnic angle. More than 10 people are admitted to the Provincial General Hospital with arrows lodged in their bodies.
This brings to 82 the number of those killed in Nakuru and its environs in the past two days. Other sources put the toll in Nakuru at 100.
Fourteen 14 bodies were Sunday collected from the town and its suburbs. The Nation counted 68 bodies at the local government mortuary from the weekend violence.
The 10 arson victims, mostly women and children, were burnt inside a house at Kabati estate in Naivasha Town. They had locked themselves in the house to escape the violence. Since dawn, marauding youths had taken over the town, barricading roads and terrorising motorists on the main Nairobi-Nakuru highway.
A man was pulled out of an Akamba bus headed for Kisumu and hacked to death in Naivasha. The youths, who demanded that motorists identify themselves, said they were avenging killings of their kinsmen in other parts of Rift Valley.
In Uasin Gishu, more houses including a chief’s camp were torched.
An uneasy calm returned to Nakuru Town where 53 people were killed on Friday and Saturday.
The latest killings come as the Kenya Red Cross warned that the humanitarian crisis facing the country was running out of control.
Conflict, Peace and Security
Secretary-general Abbas Gullet said the organisation was facing logistical difficulties in reaching hundreds of needy victims because they could not access some areas where roads have been blocked by marauding gangs.
In Nairobi, former UN secretary-general Kofi Annan met ODM leader Raila Odinga and his team and put in place modalities for negotiations. Mr Annan handed President Kibaki and Mr Odinga the agenda of the peace mission in the country, the terms of reference and asked each of them to quickly name three leaders to the negotiators’ table.
And four Central Kenya MPs accused the Government of failing to deal firmly with those instigating the violence that has since claimed up to 1,000 people with thousands displaced while property worth billions has been destroyed.