KENYA: Country’s descent into chaos

2008-01-30 00:00

Women cry outside the house of opposition lawmaker Mugabe Were, where he was gunned down early yesterday in Nairobi.

Two gunmen killed Were in an attack that almost immediately stoked the ethnic fighting that has gripped Kenya since last month’s disputed presidential election.

South Africa believes that no political ambition could justify the current cycle of violence in Kenya, Deputy Foreign Affairs Minister Aziz Pahad said yesterday.

Speaking at a regular media briefing at the Union Buildings, Pahad called on the Kenyan parties to rise above “narrow political interests” and settle the conflict through dialogue.

“We do seriously believe that if this violence is not brought to an early end, that we’ll reach a very serious crisis and that indeed that it will take dimensions … of an ethnic and tribal conflict, that would be disastrous,” Pahad said.

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