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Vol 49 No 3

Published 1st February 2008


The soldiers wait in the wings

After another spate of murderous attacks and high level political obstruction, many see military intervention as a desperate remedy

Amid the latest round of killing in the Rift Valley, Rwanda’s President Paul Kagame suggested that intervention by Kenya’s military may be the only solution left: ‘I know it’s not fashionable or right for the armies to get involved in such a political situation,’ he told Reuters news agency, ‘but in a situation where institutions have lost control, I wouldn’t mind such a solution.’ That may not win General Kagame an invitation to tea with President Mwai Kibaki but it is a view echoed by many despairing Kenyans and foreign diplomats. Some authoritatively quote dates for the interventions, even the names and ranks of the officers involved. Looking at the options in Kenya, there are huge forebodings.

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