At least 19 people have reportedly been killed in inter-ethnic fighting in Western Kenya, the latest victims of the violence which has claimed the lives of 750 since a disputed election on December the 27th. The fighting broke out late on Saturday and descended quickly into sickening brutality. Several of those killed were hacked or clubbed to death as they tried to flee mobs with machetes.
It is claimed some people were locked inside their homes, which the mobs then ignited with petrol. Police said they recovered several charred bodies. Naivasha’s sudden slide into pitched tribal violence – along with that of another previously quiet tourist town, Naikuru, has deepened growing anxiety across Kenya.
The violence has also overshadowed talks led by the former UN chief Kofi Annan.
During a visit to the Rift Valley on Saturday, Annan spoke of a “gross and systematic abuse of human rights.”
Annan has urged President Mwai Kibaki and opposition leader Raila Odinga to nominate officials for further talks.