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Kenya unrests disturb AU

afrol News, 28 January - The African Union Commission Chairman, Alpha Oumar Konaré, has expressed the union's concern over the disturbing post electoral unrests in Kenya.

Konaré - who had addressed African Foreign Ministers ahead of the AU summit on Thursday in Ethiopia - said the gross violations of human rights in Kenya has become unbecoming.

He said the answer to Kenya's political solution cannot just be power sharing because there will still be discontented people. Konare called on the AU to re-affirm its support to the troubled nation because "we cannot close our eyes and ears."

The AU chief said there is need to consolidate the principles of good governance as well as fight against violence and avoid doing the opposite.

Konaré's statement came at a time when Kenyan police have been trying hard to restore law and order in the country after weekend clashes left dozens of people dead in the Rift Valley, leading to the arrest of 150 people.

More than 800 people have lost their lives in what has been proven to be tribal clashes since December. In the latest attacks, armed with machetes, bows and arrows, youths

belonging to the ruling Kikuyu tribe killed and set fire to trapped Luo families in Nakuru and Naivasha. The youths said they were revenging on the killings of their people.

The former UN chief Kofi Annan, who has been trying to break the government/opposition deadlock, has asked both sides to quickly restore calm before the country face further chaotic situation.

His calls for the deployment of the army to counter the weekend tribal clashes had infuriated the opposition Orange Democratic Movement whose deputy leader, Musalia Mudavadi, strongly reacted.

Mudavadi said ODM was not comfortable with the order because it can be extremely difficult to get the military back into the barracks.

Police used tear gas to contain the situation in many parts of the country. However, a protest by the Luo youths over the killings of their tribesmen at weekend on Monday in Kisumu eventually turned violent, with shops and vehicles set ablaze and major roads blocked.

From every indication, the Annan-led mediation is about to kick-off within a week after it has been revealed that each side was asked to name three negotiators to participate for the talks. They also received documents on the modalities of the talks.

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