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Second Oppositional Leader Killed in Kenya

''Kenya is a country that was a hope for the continent. Today, if you look at Kenya you see violence on the streets. We are even talking about ethnic cleansing, We are even talking about genocide. We cannot sit with our hands folded.'' - African Union Summit chairman Alpha Konare

An opposition leader, David Kimutai Too, was shot and killed in Kenya Thursday by an Elderet police officer, making him the second opposition lawmaker to be killed this week (according to The New York Times). The country has been on edge since the December 27 elections and the former school teacher of the Rift Valley's death added to the turmoil.

President Mwai Kibaki was declared winner of the Kenyan election. Oppositional canidate, Raila Odinga, claimed the vote was rigged and has rejected the election. Kibaki will not negotiate his presidency. Tensions have been high as well as violence in the country.

The head of the Africa Union warned leaders of the continent that they could not stand by while Kenya descended into ethnic cleansing, possibly genocide (as reported by the Associated Press).

After the killing thousands of the slain opposition leader ethnic group, Kalenjin, rioted. They set house on fire and blocked roads on the outskirts of the town of Kericho. The lawmaker's constituency was nearby. Similiar violence occured in other towns.

Too was killed in a "crime of passion," according to Hussein Ali, the National police chief.

Eldoret Deputy Police Chief Gabriel Kuya said the police officer arrested for the shooting realized his girlfriend was having an affair with Too. He chased them down on his motorcycle " drove toward the side of the woman and shot her in the stomach twice. Her partner (Too) pleaded with the officer not to kill her but he turned his pistol on him instead, hitting him four times in the head.''

The opposition say it was an assassination plot.

“How can police call this an ordinary murder before any investigations?? William Ruto, an opposition leader, said. “There is nothing ordinary about having two members of Parliament killed like this.?

Kenya's president listened from the front row at the African Union Summit as chairman Alpha Konare said, ''Kenya is a country that was a hope for the continent. Today, if you look at Kenya you see violence on the streets. We are even talking about ethnic cleansing, We are even talking about genocide. We cannot sit with our hands folded.''