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Special report

RFI's David Coffey(Photo: Anna Koblanck)
RFI's David Coffey went to Kenya to cover the elections in December 2007. He reported from the polls, the vote count and the aftermath, which quickly turned violent and became a full-blown political and ethnic crisis. He went back to Kenya in February 2008. These are his audio reports, along with photos and in-depth background and analysis on the crisis in Kenya.


Kenyan President Mwai Kibaki (left) and ODM leader Raila Odinga(Photo: Reuters)

Before and after the elections

On 13 April 2008, Kenya’s president Mwai Kibaki named a grand coalition cabinet of 41 ministers, over three months after elections whose contested results tipped the country into chaos. After weeks of ethnic violence and political uncertainty, Kibaki and Prime Minister-designate Raila Odinga agreed on sharing power.

2008-05-13 13:53 TU


Vote counting in Nairobi's Kibera slum(Photo: Reuters)

From the count to chaos

Polls closed on Thursday 27 December. As the count began in earnest, it looked like Raila Odinga had a clear lead over president Mwai Kibaki. But on Saturday, the media was banned from reporting on the results, and later in the evening, the comission announced Kibaki had won. This started a spiral that ended in a bloody massacre on New Year's day.

2008-05-01 11:54 TU


A burnt house near Kenya Assemblies of God church(Photo: Anna Koblanck)

Eldoret after the church massacre

At the end of the first day of 2008, news reached Nairobi that a church near the Rift Valley town of Eldoret had been burnt to the ground. Initial reports said at least 20 people had perished in the inferno; however the true horror of that day had yet to come to light. A few days later RFI's David Coffey travelled to Eldoret and heard first-hand accounts of the New Year’s massacre.

2008-05-22 08:55 TU


A walk through Kibera

Life has always been hard for the residents of Nairobi's Kibera slum, even before riots and looting destroyed homes and businesses following Kibaki's election victory. RFI's David Coffey walked around Kibera with local resident Gilbert Nyangor to find out what day-to-day life is like.

2007-12-26 by David Coffey

Election day in Kibera

Thousands of residents of Nairobi's Kibera turned out to cast their ballots on December 27, but many complained of problems with mistaken voter registration rolls and delays in getting ballot boxes into the polling stations.

2007-12-27 by David Coffey

The first displaced from Kibera

The riots that ensued following President Mwai Kibaki's election victory forced hundreds of families from their homes in Nairobi's Kibera slum. The IDP camp at Jamhuri stadium was one of the first to be set up outside the Kenyan capital following the first wave of post-election violence. RFI's David Coffey was one of the first foreign journalists on the scene.

2008-01-04 by David Coffey

Eldoret Church massacre (8 January 2008)

David Coffey speaks with survivors of the Eldoret Church massacre: one describes how she escaped the inferno with her child. Another returns with her daughter, hoping she will find her baby granddaughter who has been missing since the attack.

2008-01-08 by David Coffey

The Eldoret mortuary

A physiotherapist at Eldoret's Moi hospital gives his version of why the parishioners of Kyamba district were attacked. RFI's David Coffey spoke to him after being smuggled into the mortuary that was overflowing with corpses. The doctor refused to be named for fear of being targeted himself.

2008-05-01 by David Coffey