Kenyan Crisis Intensifies with High-Profile Killings

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Kenyan police visit a memorial for those killed in post-election violence.

Kenyan police officers visit a memorial in Nairobi for those killed, raped or displaced in the country's post-election violence. Getty Images hide caption

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Violence continues to escalate in Kenya, following post-election fallout from the disputed re-election of President Mwai Kibaki in December. Two opposition legislators were killed this week — Melitus "Mugabe" Were and David Too.

Although police in the East African nation say Too was murdered in a "crime of passion" by his girlfriend, the opposition calls his death an assassination.

More than 850 people have been killed and thousands displaced, as bloody clashes continue between members of Kibaki's ethnic group, Kikuyu, and other ethnic tribes supporting opposition leader Raila Odinga.

Odinga disputes the recent election results along with observers who say fraud was so widespread, it is impossible to tell who actually won the majority vote. The political dispute has degenerated into violent street clashes with ethnic overtones.

A number of international leaders are attempting to help negotiate an end to the crisis. On Wednesday, Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs, Jendayi Frazer, referred to the violence in Kenya as "ethnic cleansing," sparking controversy at the State Department.

NPR's West Africa correspondent, Ofeibea Quist-Arcton discusses the latest developments from Nairobi.

Written and produced for the Web by Lee Hill.



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