zarembka message 9b (day nine second message)

Dear All,

On the political front nothing much seems to be happening. Here we are the same with notravel outside the immediate area.We made our usual walk around the town this morning. At the school, we were told thatanother ten internally displaced people arrived during the night. Otherwise all was calm and well at the school.

Bainito Wamalwa from Eldoret called and said that the central city in Eldoret was better as a few shops were open and yesterday the banks were open for one to two hours. He said that they are bringing in the bodies to the morgue.

There is still conflict in some ofthe suburbs of Eldoret. Friends in England are sending 500 pounds to Bainito to help withthe IDP's (internally displaced persons) in the Friends Church there and I'll also receive500 pounds to help where I feel it is most needed. Getting the funds from the bank inEldoret to me will be challenge. Bainito sambaza’d me 200/- of airtime so he is now mybig buddy even though I haven't met him yet. He was going to drive by Lumakanda on his way to Kitale, but heard that it was unsafe to pass through Turbo.

A relative called from Nairobi who said things are calming down there, but a bus headedfor the west (i.e. with mostly Luo, Kalenjin, and Luhya passengers) was torched inNakuru (a Kikuyu dominated area) and everyone died.

At this point, since I have not heard anything about this elsewhere, I would consider the incident as not confirmed.The big event for the day was that our neighbors (five miles away but in Lugari District)

Florence and Alfred Machayo dropped by to see us. They had gotten a little fuel for their car--not enough to get to Kakamega and back--and decided to use it to see what washappening in the area. They went to Turbo: while there, they encountered a caravan offifty or so big trucks headed for Uganda with an army escort. Nonetheless the army people felt uncertain and inquired about the conditions on the road. Almost nothing inTurbo is open. They also said that anyone who rented a Kikuyu owned house was burnedout just like the others; so some of the IDP's are Luhyas and Kalenjins. They also told usthat on the night of the election a Kikuyu had parked a truck in their compound. Area youth informed them that they were sympathizers and if they continued with this, theyouth would burn the Kikuyu truck and as “punishment” their own car. A Kalenji nneighbor had agreed to take care of a few Kikuyu cows, but these were stolen along with his own as "punishment". Florence and Alfred have concluded that any relief work should be done through the Friends Church so as not to put people into jeopardy.

Joy (my daughter in D.C.) has arranged for me to be interviewed on WPFW on Sundayfor a program called "Africa Now." Since people can call me without cost to me, perhapsother people might want to arrange for radio interviews elsewhere. Our grandchildren, Eugene (7) and Danny (5), showed up for the weekend; their mother,Beverly, will come later today.


David Zarembka,
CoordinatorAfrican Great Lakes Initiative/ Friends Peace Teams