Peace Talks in KenyaPeace talks in Kenya finally initiated on 31st of January 2008 with the diligent efforts of former UN Secretary General Kofi Annan. Both the President Mwai Kibaki and Opposition Leader Raila Odinga agreed to sit for a negotiation to end the ongoing political crisis in Kenya.
The violence that erupted in December 2007 as a result of the re-election of President Mwai Kibaki, is still continuing in many parts of Kenya. Till January 2008, around 900 people have been killed due to violent attacks by the local gangs and armed youths.
As per a report, Mr. Annan said that the ongoing violence in Kenya can be solved only when both the leading and opposition parties will be ready to sit for a talk. With fresh incidents of violence erupting in Kenya, the Police of the nation have asked for army helicopters to control the situation.
In Naivasha, an otherwise peaceful town 40 miles west of Nairobi, three helicopters fired machine guns to control a mob, which was on a looting spree. Almost 5000 local people took shelter in the Naivasha Police station including a mother who gave birth to her first child just a few days back.
The peace talks between Mwai kibaki and Raila Odinga are expected to generate new hopes of ending the ongoing violence which has started taking a toll on Kenya’s economy as well.