Friday, January 11, 2008

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Kenya opposition plans mass rally for Wednesday
11 Jan 2008 12:14:09 GMT 11 Jan 2008 12:14:09 GMT
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Source: Reuters

NAIROBI, Jan 11 (Reuters) - Kenya's opposition called on Friday for police to provide security for a mass rally next Wednesday in central Nairobi to protest against President Mwai Kibaki's disputed re-election.

"We shall be holding a public meeting on Wednesday at Uhuru Park Grounds starting at 10 a.m. Due to the large number of people expected we request the police to provide us with security," said a statement signed by Orange Democratic Movement secretary general Anyang' Nyong'o.

7 comments:

Gorilla Bananas said...

This would have been OK if they had started off by hacking people with machetes. I don't remember a single act of violence during the 'Orange Revolution' protests in the Ukraine, which led to new elections.

MZUNGU CHICK said...

I agree there (although i do hope you missed a word out and meant to say - "This would have been OK if they had NOT started off by hacking people .."
No-one is against peaceful protests but sadly in this town there is rarely such a thing, and especially at the moment with such ethnic tension in the air.

Anonymous said...

the government should let people demonstrate peacefully,and let the meeting go on.This is the only way violence and looting can be avoided then.

MZUNGU CHICK said...

You're right Anon about the government letting the people demonstrate peacefully but when do you ever remember a peaceful demonstration here in Nairobi? It seems any demo attracts opportunist thugs who are keen to have a run-in with the police at any given opportunity.

HASH said...

I've been working with some other Kenyans to create a site where people can report incidents of violence in Kenya (http://www.ushahidi.com). Consider adding one of the buttons found on the "about" page to your blog.

Please call, text and email your friends and family in Kenya about Ushahidi. You can now SMS an incident report in to +447624802635 or email tips to tips@ushahidi.com.

On top of all that, there is now a Flickr group to add your images too about this post-election crisis at http://flickr.com/groups/kenyaelections2008.

Paul said...

Does anyone remember the Tutsi-Hutu genocide in Rawanda? I fear for Kenya. Tribalism run amock !!

MZUNGU CHICK said...

HASH - I'll look you up.

Paul - right now I think we all remember Rwanda too clearly and will pray it will never come to that.