Thursday, January 3, 2008

ODM calls off Rally as AG joins vote protest

The ODM rally scheduled for Uhuru Park has been postponed to tomorrow after Police spent most of the day in running battles with chanting rioters pushing to access the Park. A church has been torched in Kibera while a petrol station and five cars have been set ablaze along the city’s Juja road. Key highways into the central business district remained closed as police battled protesters. Uhuru Park, the venue of the rally called by ODM’s Raila Odinga, was cordoned off by hundreds of paramilitary policemen at the crack of dawn. Virtually no business has taken place in the city as offices and premises remained closed.

Scores of youths who attempted to get into the city from Kibera slums through Ngong road and Mbagathi Way were repulsed. A similar group was blocked along Thika road and Waiyaki Way. A stand-off between police and protesters was reported along Jogoo road while on Mombasa road motorists were blocked by police from driving into the city.

Meanwhile the Attorney General, Amos Wako, has broken ranks with his employer and has called for the formation of an independent body to scrutinize the presidential votes of the recently rigged presidential elections. Kibaki's PNU has maintained all along that they won the elections and will neither be dragged into a recount nor resign. More indications that President Kibaki’s hold on power was tightening became evident when Uhuru Kenyatta, the Gatundu South MP-elect and Kanu chairman declared: "We won the elections and whoever feels aggrieved should go to court and we will be available for response. It’s not our responsibility to initiate dialogue."

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