Kenya’s President Kibaki said he would talk to his opponents, but only if they reined in their supporters, and stopped the killing. “I am ready to have dialogue with the concerned parties once the nation is calm, and the political temperatures are lowered enough, for constructive and productive engagement,” he said. “I am deeply disturbed by the senseless violence instigated by some leaders in pursuit of their personal political agenda.”
But Kibaki’s leading opponent continued to blame the President. Visiting a Nairobi mortuary, Raila Odinga said he was shocked at the violence.
“What we are seeing defies description, we can only describe it as genocide on a grand scale. I have seen so many dead kids.”
Odinga and President Kibaki were political allies until 2005, before falling out over a new constitution.
Odinga didn’t trust his leader then, the brutal violence has pushed them even further apart.