Kenya’s feuding factions have postponed talks following the killing of an opposition politician. The circumstances surrounding the shooting remain unclear. The victim is the second opposition member to be killed in less than a week. On the diplomatic front, UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon is expected in Nairobi on Friday to assist his predecessor in mediating talks between the two sides.
A disputed election in December has plunged Kenya into violence leaving at least 900 people dead and hundreds of thousands displaced.
Hardly anyone has been spared according to this Nairobi resident: “I has affected everybody, except the people now who are in the parliament, they have not been affected, but the people on the ground are completely affected badly.”
The violence pits the Kikuyu minority, which backs president Kibaki, against rival tribes, who support the opposition. It is the result of decades-old divisions between communities over land, wealth and power that date back to British colonial rule.