Kenya: Quieting the Dissenters

Quieting the Dissenters

Kenya's President Daniel arap Moi had vowed to hunt down proponents of multiparty democracy "like rats." Last week he caged some. Over two days, police arrested eleven men linked to the nascent movement to legalize opposition parties, which Moi, in power since 1978, officially banned in 1982. Among the detainees were former Cabinet ministers Kenneth Matiba and Charles Rubia.

Despite the arrests, the pressure on Moi is unlikely to subside. On Saturday thousands of demonstrators in Nairobi defied a government ban and held a rally calling for multiparty democracy. Police fired bullets and tear gas to disperse the protesters.

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