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Kenya: Another MP shot dead
For the second time in 36 hours, an opposition Member of Parliament in Kenya, David Kimutai Too, has been shot dead, Thursday, announced the Kenya Television Network (KTN).

For the second time in 36 hours, an opposition Member of Parliament in Kenya, David Kimutai Too, has been shot dead, Thursday, announced the Kenya Television Network (KTN).

The MP was shot dead in Eldoret town at noon local time (0900GMT), bringing to two the number of lawmakers who have fallen to an assassin’s bullet this week.

The report said the legislator met his death outside a hotel in the town that has been the epicentre of post-election violence and killings.

It said a suspected policeman shot and killed the MP instantly. No reason was given.

A female companion of the fallen MP has been admitted to Moi University Teaching Referral Hospital in Eldoret town, some 350 kilometers west of the capital, in critical condition.

The killing took place less than 36 hours after another Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) MP, Mellitus Mugabe Were, was gunned down in Nairobi early Wednesday outside his residence.

The proscribed semi-religious Mungiki sect that backs President Mwai Kibaki government claimed responsibility for Mr. Were’s killing in cellular phone short message texts sent to journalists.

The messages also warned journalists to desist from "negative reporting" on the government or risk being killed by members of the same sect.

But another text messages sent to many people indicate the emerging pattern of executions is being carried out by a unit of the criminal investigations department (CID), code-named Eagle Squad.

The message, which was obtained, reads, "Mugabe Were was killed by CID’s Eagle Squad under the command of inspector of police (name withheld). They are now hunting for [William] Ruto, [Moses] Sirma and [Alfred] Kapondi."

PANA has no way of independently verifying the authenticity of the message.

Reached for comment, an ODM lawmaker Omingo magara said the party was in possession of the text messages.

Photo: AFP


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