Tuesday, January 1, 2008

Kenyan Elections

Today Kenya is faced with a crisis that stems from the results of the just conluded elections that declared Mwai Kibaki to be the new president. The leader of the oppossition Raila Odinga claims that he won the elections and he has at his disposal evidence to that effect. The formal channel is to go to court and petition but from experience such a case would takeso many years to resolve. Naturally his supporters feel angry and frustrated but does that justify acts of violence?

So far more than 147 people have been reported dead since December 27th and unless calm is restored more lives and properties will be lost. In Koch a resident confirmed to us that 9 people had been killed in the clashes.

We call on all citizens to restrain themselves and seek alternative ways for negotiation, the current approach allows the government to send in the police which further escalates the riots.

It is times like these that we can distinguish ourselves as democrats and instruments of peace.

Let peace reign.


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