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New post-poll violence hits Kenya
A young girl in a Nairobi slum waits for police to escort her family to safety on Monday 21 January 2008
Many families have been displaced by ethnic violence since the poll
Five people have been shot dead in Kenya as opposition leader Raila Odinga made a renewed call for international mediation to end post-poll bloodshed.

The deaths of two men and three women in a Rift Valley village was linked by police to the ongoing political crisis.

On a visit to a prayer service in Kisumu, Mr Odinga said he was willing to meet President Mwai Kibaki but only if Kofi Annan joined them.

The former UN secretary general is expected in Kenya on Tuesday.

Raila Odinga
I'm telling Mwai Kibaki that my people are asking me to give them guns but I'm telling them I'll give them the ballot box instead
Raila Odinga

He will attempt to find a way to end the crisis that has claimed more than 650 lives and left a quarter of a million people homeless.

Mr Odinga addressed supporters on Monday at an inter-denominational service, held to remember victims of the bloodshed, at the main stadium in his western stronghold of Kisumu.

Supporters of the opposition leader, who believes he was cheated of victory in the 27 December election, waved banners that read: "Give us guns and they will see!"

But Mr Odinga told them: "I'm telling him [Mr Kibaki] that my people are asking me to give them guns but I'm telling them I'll give them the ballot box instead."

The victims of Monday's shootings in the village of Salama were from ethnic groups that overwhelmingly voted for President Kibaki, officials told AFP news agency.

More rallies

The deaths followed the reporting of at least 30 killings over the weekend in Kenya.

Around 22 people in a Rift Valley camp at Kipkelion for displaced people reportedly died after being attacked by mobs armed with machetes and arrows.

Five were also killed in a Nairobi slum and a further five died in unrest elsewhere in the country.

Doctor treats men injured in Nairobi's Mathare slum on 20 January
Nairobi's slums have seen some of the worst violence

Kenya's foreign ministry has summoned Britain's high commissioner in Nairobi, Adam Wood, to complain about the UK government's criticism of President Kibaki's re-election.

During a debate in the UK parliament, a junior foreign office minister said the British government did not recognise the Kenyan government headed by Mr Kibaki.

Few governments have recognised the outcome of the controversial poll, amid claims from both sides of electoral fraud.

The BBC's Adam Mynott says much of Kenya remains peaceful but areas that have experienced ethnic tension are still very dangerous.

Supporters of Mr Odinga have said they will resume protest rallies on Thursday.

His Orange Democratic Movement, which wants a re-run of the election, had originally called off protests in favour of a boycott of companies that back President Kibaki.


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