The latest news from Kenya is not good. The UK Times yesterday reported the cold blooded killings of Oscar Kamau Kingara, a human rights activit, and John Paul Oulu just outside the University of Nairobi’s halls of residence. Apparently, they were ambushed in rush hour traffic and shot repeatedly by their killers who then sped away in two cars.
As the report continued, ‘“The human rights community in Kenya holds the Government fully and wholly responsible for the assassinations,” said Cyprian Nyamwamu, of the Kenya Human Rights Consortium. The police deny any government responsibility for the murders. The Prime Minister, Raila Odinga, condemned the killings and warned that the country was at crisis point. “We are hurtling towards failure as a state,” he said’.
It was the violence and bloodshed in Kenya at the end of 2007 and the beginning of 2008 that first persuaded me of the value of blogs – let us hope that the growing unrest in the country does not lead to another spate of bloodletting.