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Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Kenyan boy loses eye in political argument

A 13 year old boy in Kenya's border town of Busia has lost an eye after an argument with his playmate as to which of the two political parties— ODM and PNU was better than the other.The bizzare incident took place as the dialogue process mediated by Former United Nation's secretary General Kofi Annan pledged to de al with the political crisis in the next 48-72 hours.Busia police boss, Paul Kariuki said that Benjamin Otieno was hit on his left eye with a nail by his playing mate at Busia airstrip estate after they failed to agree on which was the strong party between ODM and PNU.The boy’s mother took him to Alupe Hospital where the eye was removed and the boy discharged. The assailant is still at large said the police boss.

Bandit president Kibaki stole last Dec 27 election from the winner Raila Odinga. Mr Odinga's party, ODM, enjoys support in six out of Kenya's eight provinces. Mr Kibaki won in only two provinces, his native Central Province and the neighbouring Eastern Province. He has since entered into an embattled coalition with the man who came a distant third, bandit vice president Kalonzo Musoka.

That the political differences can be played out by 13-year olds is a sure recipe for stigma to last generations. PNU is hanging on to power in the face of the Annan mediation efforts which could bring into being a grand coalition between the PNu and ODM pending a rerun of either the general election or the presidential vote in three years. Analysts contend that success of the Annan deal could spell doom for omk-k and Kalonzo Musyoka who is widely regarded as a traitor to democracy in Kenya.