On Dec. 27, 2007 a surprise victory for former president Mwai Kibaki (PNU) in the Kenyan presidential election was followed by arson and violence aroused by suspicions of vote rigging. More than 200 have been killed and tens of thousands displaced. Opposition candidate Raila Odinga (ODM) is contesting Kibaki's election, and has declared himself the winner. Much of the violence is directed towards Kikuyu communities, the tribe of Kibaki and many of the Kenyan establishment, but there have also been retaliations against other communities.
A ban on live media throughout the crisis has meant that bloggers are one of the few valuable information sources available.
Background story from openDemocracy
Photo by Afromusing.
Global Voices Timeline
Feb 11 – Kenya: Bloggers hopeful of Koffi Annan mediation
Feb 08 – Kenya: Bloggers rooting for peace and reconcilliation
Feb 04 – Kenya: Tribal hatred claims its first online casualty
Jan 24 – Kenyan Bloggers back to “almost” normal life
Jan 15 – Kenya: Cyberactivism in the aftermath of political violence
Jan 10 – Kenya: Moving images of unrest and hope
Jan 03 – Kenya: Is Ugandan Militia In Kenya?
Jan 02 – Kenya: Do not doubt the power of the Internet in Africa
Dec 29 – Kenya Elections 2007: Should Raila Supporters Celebrate?
Thanks to blogger White African, whose list of bloggers covering the Kenya situation we borrowed to create our feed of selected blogs below.
Ushahidi.com is a tool for people who witness acts of violence in Kenya in these post-election times. You can report the incident that you have seen, and it will appear on a map-based view for others to see.
Photo of newspaper headlines in Kenya from Mentalacrobatics.
For more photos see Flickr images tagged with “KenyaElections2007″