Tavia Nyong'o of Kenya Patriot points out that I don’t appear to have any on-the-ground experience in Kenya. Well, we knew that already, didn’t we?
However, when someone points out a deficiency, having a solution at hand is the best of all conditions—even if that solution has already been suggested. In response to my post, “Slaughter Postponed,” Tavia points to an excellent on-the-ground chronicle and pictorial of what happened yesterday in Nairobi, where slaughter was, indeed, postponed.
I still would like to know if any Kenyans have an opinion they'd like to share regarding the question asked here yesterday.
UPDATE: At Thinker's Room--a blog run by a person "manufactured and bottled in Kenya"--a two-part analysis of the situation. Additionally, the is an update containing the finer points of President Kibaki's speech. From what I gather, there was still no straight forward plea the stop the violence. Again, Kenyans, tell us why not.
UPDATE: Reports of a new rally today.
Kenyan police yesterday blocked a fresh opposition rally in Nairobi after the main rally that had been scheduled for Thursday at the Uhuru grounds was dispersed by police.
Earlier reports had, however, indicated that the rally would take place on Tuesday next week but the opposition said they would press on with the rally on Friday.
Thousands of police in Kenya were deployed around Nairobi, to prevent another opposition rally. However, reports coming out of Nairobi indicated that enthusiasm for the protest has waned in the slum areas. [SNIP]
By afternoon, there were big crowds gathering, according to the BBC. Several hundred youths gathered outside the offices of defeated presidential candidate Raila Odinga's ODM party in Nairobi, saying they intend to press ahead with their planned protest. But other opposition supporters have been telling the media they do not want to be beaten up. Police were again on patrol around Uhuru Park - although reports show that they were fewer than on Thursday, suggesting a much calmer atmosphere.