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Naivasha teacher: 'People are killing each other'
Kenyan army patrol a street during ethnic clashes in Naivasha

Antony, 35, is a secondary school teacher in the Kenyan Rift Valley town of Naivasha. He describes what he witnessed and heard during the weekend's violence.

I can see smoke rising above the town and that means that houses are burning.

Earlier, I went round some of Sunday's scenes of violence. Police were trying to disperse all the people that were gathering by firing gunshots but no-one was taking any notice of the police.

People are not scared by the gunshots.

We are just awaiting what will erupt next.

Everything here has been broken up by all the tribal clashes.

We had been living together all this time before, we had peace, we worked together.


People fleeing Naivasha
Resident of Naivasha started fleeing the town on Sunday

Now it is kind of as if people are trying to chase away one another.

My feelings are that if God doesn't intervene we will continue to have problems.

Yesterday the clashes took up the better part of the day.

The situation was like this: people would attack a certain area and then when the police came running to the rescue, then another group would go to a different area - on and on and on, over and over - it was like a cat and mouse game whereby when the police took a group to safety, then another group would move on somewhere else and start attacking until the police managed to get to the new location of violence.

It was hide-and-seek.


Those attacking were mostly from the Kikuyu community because they were very angry about what happened in Eldoret - they thought it was time that the Luo and Kalenjin in Naivasha tasted what their relatives had had too.

People running up and down, police shooting and throwing canisters, burning of houses, people being killed, people killing one another.

I saw all this.

But before they got out of the house, they met a crowd waiting for them

People were running after other people's lives.

The plot where my mother lives was burnt down yesterday.

Not her house.

Terrible sight

But a house burnt down where mostly Luos were camping.

Kikuyu men walk past makeshift roadblocks in Naivasha
Naivasha's roads are filled with makeshift roadblocks

They had wanted to leave the house and run away but before they left they wanted to burn their belongings so looters could not have the opportunity to take their things but before they got out of the house, they met a crowd waiting for them. So they decided to lock the door inside and they then got burnt alive.

It was a very, very, terrible sight. I witnessed it.

I am Kikuyu but am not getting involved. I am a school teacher and my responsibility is to keep the calm - my students at our boarding school are all combined from different ethnic groups and so I must ensure security.

Between my students, there is no animosity. I thank God for this.

Before dark came yesterday, the military had grouped with police. They all ganged up and were patrolling around the town.


Police escort residents out of Naivasha on 27 January
Police have been escorting people at risk out of Naivasha

But still, the violence did not end then.

It was drizzling around 1900 local time (1600 GMT) so people went into their houses to get out of the rain. Likewise the police and military went back to barracks.

But after the rain I could hear gunshots and during the night, I heard a lot of whistling and people calling one another and then gunshots and ululations and people shouting for help.

This was in the early hours of the morning - around 0330 local time.

In the commotion, I was told that police arrested many men who they believed to be involved.

And most of them are still in police custody.

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