President Kenyatta of Kenya on Friday (21 March) attended his first official function since the murder of one of his chief political rivals, Mr.
President Kenyatta of Kenya on Friday (21 March) attended his first official function since the murder of one of his chief political rivals, Mr. Josiah Kariuki.
President Kenyatta attended the passing out parade of more than 800 men from the Kenyan army and police force, in a move seen in some quarters as a show of strength.
Political observers in Kenya say the Government is facing its most serious political crisis since independence, because of the death of Mr. Kariuki.
His bullet riddled body was found the day after several witnesses said they saw him leaving a hotel in Nairobi with members of the General Service Unit, a paramilitary force, responsible to the Vice-President.
The body was taken by police to a morgue in Nairobi, but was not identified for another ten days.
Since then the Government of Mr. Kenyatta has fallen from a position of absolute authority to one of being openly and fearlessly challenged by both Parliament and the people.
After his death, Mr. Kariuki, who championed the cause of the poor, became something of a national here in Kenya, and a symbol for political dissent.
Many members of Parliament have publicly voiced their suspicions as to who was responsible for his murder, and a Parliamentary select committee set up to investigate the murder and the police handling of it, has said it will leave no stone unturned.
There've also been numerous demonstrations by students and other people over the murder.
SYNOPSIS: The State House was the venue for a parade inspection by the Vice-President, Mr. Arap Moi, who's in charge of sections of the police, and by President Kenyatta. The Kenyan leader has been facing increasing criticism since the murder of Mr. Kariuki, and it has been suggested the dead man was arrested by members of the General Service Unit, a paramilitary force, just before his death. Mr. Kariuki was tortured and shot five times on the second of March at a village about thirty two kilometres from Nairobi. His body was taken by police to a morgue in the capital the next day but was not identified for another ten days.
Since the murder many people, both in and outside the parliament, have been critical of the Government and of the police handling of the case. Mr. Kariuki has become something of a national here and people suspect his murder had something to do with his continuous fight for the poor, and against President Kenyatta's Government. A Parliamentary select committee set up to investigate the murder says it will leave no stone unturned in its efforts to find the cause of the murder, and the murderers.