Kenya's opposition has called for another demonstration this coming thursday, following three days of bloody protests against last month's national election that was marred by irregularities.
Opposition party chairman Henry Kosgey told reporters in Nairobi Saturday the party will resume its peaceful rallies on Thursday (24/01/2008). He said the opposition will use all available means to bring down President Mwai Kibaki's government.
|Kenyan riot police charge through tear gas at Orange Democratic Movement followers during protests in Kibera slums, Nairobi, 18 Jan 2008.|
AU and other leaders have been trying to mediate between ODM and kibaki government to try to resolve the growing crisis.
On Friday, the U.S. State Department called on Kenya's political leadership to find a peaceful solution to the situation.
The party will begin the week with an interdenominational funeral service in Kisumu Town. The party says the ceremony will commemorate the deaths of supporters it claims police shoot dead. It is believed the funeral and prayer meetings would provide an opportunity for the leaders to meet supporters and deliver speeches they have been longing to hold. Party leader, Mr Raila Odinga said ODM was determined to ensure justice prevails over the disputed presidential poll and said mass action would resume alongside new tactics.
In Nairobi, action returns on Wednesday where a similar mass interdenominational funeral service will be conducted at Ligi Ndogo grounds.
On Thursday, the party plans to hold a peaceful mass action countrywide. The Government has outlawed political assemblies and the mass action is expected to bring a fresh round of confrontation between police and protesters.
Interdenominational prayers countrywide will crown the week.
ODM says the prayers are expected to commemorate "the martyrs who have given their lives in their peaceful struggle for democracy."