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Press urges restraint in Kenya
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Kenya's newspapers have called on the country's leaders to show restraint amid growing political tensions that erupted after last week's rejection of a new constitution.

Several see a need for urgent dialogue across the political divide in a bid to avoid further polarisation and to prevent the country from sliding into "chaos".

One independent daily criticises President Kibaki's ban on demonstrations, describing it as "disconcertingly draconian".

EDITORIAL IN THE STANDARD

As a country, we are walking a tight-rope. We are in a situation where a small spark could set off a devastating conflagration... We cannot squander this opportunity and let the country degenerate into chaos. Let all on both sides of the political divide come and reason together.

EDITORIAL IN THE NATION

Whether or not you support the Orange calls for an election, it is clear that Kenya is facing a crisis and how it is resolved depends as much on what the president does as on the conduct of the vote winners... In seeking to manage the agitation for polls ... the right of assembly and of free speech, should steadfastly be respected. Yesterday's ban on Orange rallies was disconcertingly draconian.

COMMENTARY IN THE STANDARD

The decision by President Kibaki to sack his entire cabinet must have confounded both foes and allies... To salvage the imminent national crisis, Kibaki must undertake a serious self re-examination... Leaders on both sides of the political divide need, in practical terms, to show a sense of selflessness, courageous foresight, moderation and compromise... He must stoop to conquer. Kibaki must initiate dialogue with the Orange team and must be prepared to listen to their ideas.

EDITORIAL IN KENYA TIMES

The stage appears set for confrontation. Indeed given the stance the Orange team has taken, there is a possibility of a political conflagration on the magnitude of a tsunami... Our leaders must talk to each other for the sake of motherland.

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