Land claims in Kenya fuel risk of strife surrounding presidential election

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from Washington Post
Published on 21 Feb 2013 View Original

BANITA, Kenya — The first time Francis Mwangi’s Kikuyu family tried to bury him beneath the green grasses of Kenya’s Rift Valley, they were ambushed by Kalenjin men who claimed the land as theirs. Fighting broke out, and the body was kept in the police station overnight. In the end, it took dozens of policemen and a grave filled with cement to secure Mwangi’s final resting place last year near the village of Banita.

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