Teams of negotiators will reconvene in Kenya this morning as the country’s political leaders try to bring an end to their post-election crisis and spiraling ethnic violence. The killing of an opposition legislator on Tuesday triggered a fresh flare up of violence. Hours after Mugabe Were’s death, rival ethnic gangs began fighting nearby in Nairobi’s Kibera slum, with armed police struggling to separate the factions and restore order.
While here in the opposition stronghold of Kisumu, hundreds took to the streets to protest against the deaths of members of the Luo tribe in nearby Naivasha and Nakuru.
The EU has condemned Mugabe Were’s murder and urged the opposition to “engage fully” with the former UN chief Kofi Annan, who is sponsoring the talks.
Bringing together President Mwai Kibaki and main opposition leader Raila Odinga to launch formal mediation on Tuesday, Annan said he was confident the “immediate political issues” could be resolved within four weeks but full talks could take up to a year.
Kibaki has said Odinga should air his grievances over December’s election in court and has offered to form a government of national unity.
But Odinga has refused to recognize his rival as President and is calling for a re-run of the poll.