Tuesday, 10 June 2008

KENYA: Ethnic Violence Continues in Some Parts as Peace Returns to Nation RUMURUTI,

March 7, 2008 (CISA) -Ethnic clashes continued this week in parts of Kenya, as the rest of the nation enjoyed peace after the signing of a power-sharing deal that ended political violence.On Thursday, when President Mwai Kibaki conducted the State Opening of Parliament to pave the way for creation of a grand coalition government that includes his erstwhile foe Raila Odinga, violence broke out in Rumuruti in the Rift Valley, pitting the Turkana and Kalenjin against the Kikuyu.Between two and six people were reportedly killed. A source at Rumuruti Catholic Parish told CISA that some 30 displaced persons were camping in the parish compound.“The situation here is not good. All shops have been closed and people are requesting for security. We have also received reports that at Aian Village houses are being torched,” Ann Munyi of Rumuruti Partish said.Tensions are high in volatile Molo in the Rift Valley and Mt Elgon area of Western Kenya where there have been ethnic-based violence.President Kibaki said that the new coalition government would introduce a bill in Parliament to establish the Ethnic Relations Commission of Kenya.

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