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Last Updated: Wednesday, 2 January 2008, 14:38 GMT
Kenyans plead for end to violence
More than 300 people have been killed in recent days in violence sweeping across Kenya following its disputed election results.

Here, Kenyans express their fears for democracy and their hopes for a resolution to the country's political crisis.

CHEMUTAI MUNGO, 22, ELDORET, KENYA

Chemutai Mungo
Chemutai Mungo says Eldoret is filling up with refugees from nearby villages

All we want is a return to peace. But all we have seen here in Eldoret is terrible violence.

I have been visiting my uncle who lives close to the town. We have heard reports of fighting between mobs of youths, burning of houses, we have heard gunshots at night and terrible screaming. We have been safe so far. But the night before last, a house was burned down about five minutes from where we are.

The town is full of people fleeing the surrounding villages, which is where the attacks have been taking place out of the sight of the police. The night before last we took in and provided refuge to some desperate families.

We all just want the violence to end. People of all tribes are suffering right now.

But people do also remember why the violence began. Most people feel that the election is no longer credible. It has been forced down our throats.

The politicians need to go back to the problem and fix it. President Kibaki should step down and allow the recounting process to happen in front of the cameras. We need a political resolution immediately.

People are really suffering. We don't know how much food we have left. The supermarkets are running out of supplies. People feel wronged and unfortunately they are fighting back against their own neighbours.

PAULINE NASENYA, 25, CUSTOMER MANAGER, NAIROBI

Pauline Nasenya
Pauline Nasenya feels cheated by the election

We are living in fear. All we hope for, all we pray for, is peace.

We need to know the truth about the election. Without the truth we cannot move forward as a country. I voted for the opposition ODM party and I believe the situation is quite hopeless.

Considering the government has taken power, I don't think anything can be done. But I believe the government should accept defeat. At least we can just move on.

I am scared about the rally planned for tomorrow. It will not be legalised, the government forces will be shooting people. This is what has been happening around the country. The army are shooting to kill. One cannot fight with the government of Kenya.

I feel cheated out of my rights. Even the democracy we thought we had achieved has been swept away. I feel as if a president cannot be voted in truthfully. One cannot be hopeful.

Nevertheless I believe that for the sake of Kenya, Odinga should accept this result. If he accepts it, people will not kill each other. We do not want to see a genocide in this country. I do not want Kenya to be at war with itself.

JOSEPH, 30, MOMBASA, ACCOUNTANT

Tensions are very high here. I live on the outskirts of Mombasa town and over the last few days ODM supporters have been vandalising and looting shops owned by Kikuyu people who are believed to support President Kibaki.

We need our leaders to cool down and talk peace
All we want is for the leaders to face down these problems on the ground. We want the leaders to come out and tell people to stop the killing and the looting.

Raila Odinga says he wants to be president. Surely he can go to parliament and institute a vote of no confidence in Kibaki? Then we can have another election for a president. There is no point recounting votes now. It will only cause chaos. Why don't we go back to the ballot?

I am Kikuyu. I didn't vote for either Raila or for Kibaki. I have been living in Mombasa for seven years now and what was so shocking was that the person who was attacking me and my own was my Luo friend.

We need to act as Kenyans. We need our leaders to cool down and talk peace.

TOBIAS KORIR, 23, CYBERCAFE MANAGER, KERICHO, RIFT VALLEY

I voted for Raila Odinga and the ODM party. I believe they should have won the poll. I believe the public pressure should continue and that the rally planned by ODM supporters should go ahead.

The government says this rally should not happen but I have heard people say that if it means dying in Uhuru park where the rally is planned to take place, they are ready to do that.

Homeless children in a camp in Kericho
Tobias took this photograph of homeless children in a camp nearby
The fight must continue. We must wait and see what the situation is after the rally.

The tension has just calmed down here. It was really bad, properties were burned down. Now, some shops have opened. People are queuing to get supplies. We don't know what the situation is going to be like tomorrow.

Tension may increase again, but I know that if the rally is not allowed to go ahead, things will get hectic.

GERRY AYIEKO, NJORO, RIFT VALLEY

My constituency is one of the disputed ones. It is the Molo constituency. There is great presidential support here and so there hasn't been intense violence.

We are praying that Kibaki relinquishes his seat
Shops are closed. There hasn't been business ever since the elections were announced. But from yesterday, a few people started moving away in fear that violence might erupt.

I believe the political parties should begin to talk. The important thing is for them to reassure the public that everything is under control.

The president should talk to the opposition. I think we should just keep calm and we should continue to pray. We are praying that Kibaki relinquishes his seat. Public pressure might achieve something but from what I know about him, it doesn't count for much.

A few metres from where I live, there is already a camp for internally displaced peoples. Last evening I saw women and children assembling there. This is terrible. What adds to my disappointment is that I had to travel from Kigali to come and vote. I went to all that trouble - and this is what I see.




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