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Vol 50 No 6

Published 20th March 2009


An African 'war on terror'

The murder of an activist and the police reaction to a criminal conspiracy reveal another dark side of Kenyan politics

Oscar King'ara was murdered a day after he had pointed to a cabinet minister and the Kenyan police as being directly responsible for a two-year wave of extrajudicial killings and disappearances of young Kikuyu men in Nairobi, Central and Rift Valley provinces. Hours before his death, the government spokesman, Alfred Mutua (said to have been briefed by intelligence sources) had threatened King'ara's Oscar Foundation with deregistration, calling it a key financier of the outlawed Mungiki sect.

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