Thursday, January 31, 2008

January 31, 2008 - A Thursday Update

I am happy to report that my back is doing somewhat better today. I seem to have more motion and the pain is mostly concentrated one place which makes it easier to handle. Hopefully I will be back on my feet and ready to work next week! My sister, Christine, arrived from Sudan yesterday without any trouble. Given the situation here on Tuesday, we were a little nervous. All three of us are safe and well, and very happy to be together.

Yesterday was eerily quiet across the country, with many fewer "skirmishes" than in the previous days. Today started off quietly as well, but sadly another ODM Member of Parliament was killed a short while ago. The incident is a bit more unclear, especially because it happened so recently at this point. It seems that this MP was driving to the town of Eldoret from Nairobi and was shot by a police officer manning the road. Details make it sound like there was a female passenger in the car who was also shot but not killed. The media is saying that this may have been the result of a messy love triangle, but the opposition already claims that this was a second assassination committed by an individual acting in the interest of President Kibaki's regime. As I said...it is very hard to tell, but it will probably be interpreted as a political killing, even if by chance it wasn't, and so violence will probably spike again.

The government and opposition are meeting today, after meetings were cancelled yesterday because both sides could not agree to Kofi Annan's rules of engagement (even though they had supposedly agreed to them before). We must hope, for the sake of every Kenyan, that they put their differences aside to make headway that will help Kenya become a stable country again. Eveyday brings us something new here.

LMW

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