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Kenyan President proposes a unity government


Kuwait : Kenyan President Mwai Kibaki said on Saturday that he was willing to form a government of national unity, the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) said on its website on Saturday.

Kibaki said in a statement that he was “ready to form a government of national unity that would not only unite Kenyans.” The Kenyan President who earlier had a meeting with US diplomat Jendayi Frazer said he wanted to “help in the healing” process in Kenya.

In response, opposition leader Raila Odinga indicated he was willing to negotiate, but reiterated his view that Mr Kibaki should step down, BBC said.

Kenya has been witnessing violence since polls closed last month which the opposition says were rigged in Mr Kibaki’s favour.

In the latest clashes, several houses were set on fire in Nairobi’s Mathare slum district, the Associated Press news agency reported, adding that one man had been shot dead by police.

BBC’s correspondent Grant Ferrett in the western city of Kisumu says hundreds of ethnic Kikuyus were being forced to leave on buses after being targeted by opposition supporters who accused them of backing President Kibaki.