Annan fears violence in Kenya vote



THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

Published — Sunday 24 February 2013

Last update 24 February 2013 3:45 am

| نسخة PDF Print News | A A

NAIROBI, Kenya: The former head of the UN — the man who helped save Kenya from spiraling deeper into election violence five years ago — warned yesterday that intimidation, ethnic rivalry and violence could undermine Kenya’s March 4 presidential vote.
Kofi Annan said that Kenya is on a positive trajectory five years after postelection violence killed more than 1,000 people and forced some 600,000 from their homes. But he reminded Kenyans that their country stood on the “precipice of self-destruction” after the country’s last vote.
“The elections must be peaceful, free and fair. They must be conducted in accordance with the rule of law.
They must be carried out with integrity, and must reflect the will of the people. Only then will national unity, stability and cohesion be safeguarded,” Annan said in a statement.
“Yet, intimidation, electoral violence and ethnic rivalry have the potential to undermine and jeopardize the whole process,” he added. “And that is why recent violent events and increasing tensions in the run-up to the elections are deeply worrying.”

What's happening around Saudi Arabia

JEDDAH: Labor Minister Mufrej Al-Haqabani has launched a series of electronic projects and facilities provided to the private sector companies, the SPA reported on Sunday.The projects and facilities include electronic visa issuance for the distinguis...
RIYADH: A high-powered team of officials from the Ministry of Health visited the hospitals in Jazan in the southern border to ensure services are in place to serve the patients in the region.The group of officials, comprising Dr. Nahar Al-Azmi, Dr. T...
YANBU: Like many Saudi women, Amani dreamt of becoming a mother, but was unable to have children of her own after many years of marriage. Therefore, she decided to spend her time taking care of orphans with special circumstances in Makkah.However, th...
RIYADH: A total of 43 warehouses were shut down in Jeddah for failing to take safety and health measures.Officials of the general department of Civil Defense in Jeddah carried out inspection at 165 industrial complexes in the industrial zone recently...
JEDDAH: A quarrel between two girls at the Al-Zahour Orphanage in Makkah took a violent turn recently, with one of them reportedly using a sharp instrument to attack the other and injuring her.The attacker was sent to a correction center, while the i...
RIYADH: A woman and three men died on Sunday after contracting the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) in Riyadh, bringing the total number of deaths to 507 since June, 2012.According to the latest report issued by the Ministry of...

Stay Connected

Facebook