Archive for February 3rd, 2008

source: BBC

More than 20 people have died in fresh violence in western Kenya since Friday’s agreement by government and opposition on a framework peace plan.

Some were killed by police, others were hacked to death by gangs or shot with poisoned arrows.

A church was burnt down by youths near the Rift Valley town of Eldoret.

The deal between President Mwai Kibaki and opposition leader Raila Odinga aims to end bloodshed in the aftermath of December’s disputed elections.

Former UN Secretary General Kofi Annan said the rival parties had agreed a four-point framework for talks which should end the violence within the next two weeks.

But the BBC’s Matt Prodger in Nairobi says so far there is little sign that Mr Annan’s optimism is having much effect in the streets.

Slums on fire

Further clashes were reported in the western Nyanza province and in Anaimoi, a trading post in the Rift Valley’s Kericho district, where opposition MP David Too was shot dead by a policeman on Thursday.

In Kericho itself, mobs set fire to slum dwellings inhabited by members of Mr Kibaki’s Kikuyu tribe, Reuters news agency reported.

“Let Annan do his bit but there’s going to be no resolution. The clashes will continue,” a youth manning a [continue reading]

source: SW Radio Africa
By Lance Guma
01 February 2008

With just 56 days to go before presidential and parliamentary elections political violence has erupted in Manicaland province. Last Sunday 3 MDC activists were assaulted for walking near a business centre where a Zanu PF rally was taking place. Zanu PF youths accused them of spying on their election strategies, despite the ruling party using a busy shopping area to conduct their district coordinating committee meeting. Cadwell, Frank and Justice Chaguma, who are all related, had a beer drink at Marange Business Centre and it was later in the afternoon when they were walking home that the Zanu PF mob attacked them.

The MDC activists fought back and in the skirmish Zanu PF official Clarkson Buwerimwe pulled out a gun. Frank Chaguma immediately disarmed him. According to Pishai Muchauraya, the MDC spokesman in Manicaland, the three brothers took the gun to Marange police post around 7pm that same day. It was a [continue reading]

source: ZimNews
“Ah, they lie. Prices are going through the roof every day and everyone knows it”
By Angus Shaw

Harare – Anna Chagaro three months ago bought a loaf of bread for 300,000 Zimbabwe dollars — a sum that today would be a bargain in this landlocked nation in southeast Africa. After a three-hour wait at her neighborhood store, the office worker paid 1.7 million for a loaf but, like most people, does not believe official estimates released Friday that put inflation at 24,470 percent. People living here know it is far, far worse. Independent estimates put real inflation closer to 150,000 percent in Zimbabwe’s worst economic crisis since independence in 1980. “Ah, they lie. Prices are going through the roof every day and everyone knows it,” Chagaro said. If she spent her entire monthly income of 40 million Zimbabwe dollars at the dominant black market exchange rate, about $10, she could buy a pound of pork and a small pack of onions.

Like thousands of others, it will be bread for Chagaro. “We can’t afford that,” she said. “The prices are unbearable. We’ll make do with what we’ve got.” Scarce corn meal has risen 20 fold in the past year. About $6 buys a month’s supply on the black market for a small family. Official inflation numbers are based on [continue reading]