NAIROBI, KENYA -- Kenya's opposition today postponed its banned "million-man march," called to protest claimed rigging in the country's presidential elections, as tribal violence and tit-for-tat ethnic killings continued.Thank God that there was no rally.
Kenyan riot police had earlier fired tear gas and water cannons at thousands of opposition protesters waving branches and white cloths, stopping them from marching to the banned rally at a city park. [SNIP]
From early morning until Odinga called off the rally mid-afternoon, a line of heavily armed riot police blocked the demonstrators, mostly ethnic Luos, in the slum area of Kibera, home to about 1 million people.
However, there's this chilling "interview."
Some of the protesters insisted their actions today were peaceful, but most were angry, frustrated and full of venom for Kikuyus. Some, like one young protester named Gabriel Okelo, threatened to keep on killing Kikuyus until Kibaki steps down.When I changed the URL of this blog 'Luo American,' I was proud of my (dual) heritage. Monsters like this one me ashamed of it.
"We are slaughtering them and we will keep on slaughtering them," said Okelo, who got up at 6 a.m. and walked nine miles from the outskirts of the city to march in support of Odinga.
Okelo said he killed two people with a machete for the first time Wednesday because, "when you are angry, it's easy. If they refuse our president, Raila Odinga to address the rally, it will happen again. We shall slaughter the Kikuyus. It will go on and on and on, in all parts of the country."
A new-to-me blogger called The White African has an extensive list of bloggers following the situation, including some already featured here. Here are a few more and I will add as I read.
African Path: Kenya government rejects African Union mediation.
Shirel: Fasting, prayer, banners, buy mobile phone airtime for Kenyans.