Zimbabwe opposition looks to Kenya for help

April 18th, 2008 - 11:13 pm ICT by admin  

Nairobi, April 18 (DPA) Officials from Zimbabwe’s beleaguered opposition were in Kenya Friday seeking assistance from the country’s new Prime Minister Raila Odinga, who fought against disputed Kenyan elections in December, local media reported. Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) secretary-general Tendai Biti said the party members were in the east African country looking for advice from Odinga on how to resolve the political crisis, according to the state-run Kenya Broadcasting Corporation.

“Kenya is special for us because of the special circumstances that people here have gone through. There is a basic correlation. Your people feel our bitterness and our people share your bitterness,” he told independent television station NTV.

Presidential results from Zimbabwe’s March 29 elections have not yet been released despite opposition claims that its leader, Morgan Tsvangirai, was victorious.

After Kenya’s flawed elections, Odinga’s Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) led a campaign of protests against President Mwai Kibaki, who is charged with stealing the vote.

When violence sparked by the polls spiralled, the African Union stepped in with a mediation team, which brokered a peace deal that created a coalition government, with Odinga as the prime minister.

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