Sunday, February 03, 2008
NOW PRESIDENT RAILA CALLS FOR PEACE KEEPERS.
BONDO, Kenya - Kenya's opposition leader called Sunday for the African Union to send peacekeepers to stem violence sparked by the country's disputed presidential election.
"The AU should bring in peacekeepers because the violence in Kenya is appalling," Raila Odinga told The Associated Press in his home village in western Kenya.
Western Kenya has been at the center of fighting that has killed more than 800 people and engulfed the country since the Dec. 27 election, which returned President Mwai Kibaki to power after a tally that foreign and local observers say was rigged. The violence has often degenerated into ethnic clashes over decades-old grudges about land and resources.