Odinga Rejects Unity Rule; Kenya Health Crisis Looms

Aid chiefs sound alarm in wake of chaos
By Matt Cantor,  Newser User
Posted Jan 6, 2008 8:32 AM CST
World Food Program workers put up a sign on a truck in a convoy with food supplies for displaced people in western Kenya, near Mombasa, Kenya, Sunday, Jan. 6, 2008.The UN World Food Program said it was...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Opposition leader Raila Odinga today rejected President Mwai Kibaki's offer of a unity government and demanded an international mediator, AP reports. "We want a properly negotiated settlement, not a coalition government," Odinga said, warning that his party would stage more rallies, threatening a new burst of violence after this weekend’s relative peace. Aid officials, meanwhile, warned that the continuing chaos threatens a national health crisis.

"If peace isn't restored within the next few days, disease and severe dehydration are very real threats,” said a medical charity spokesman. The United Nations was attempting to deliver 20 truckloads of supplies today to 100,000 “in dire need” in Nairobi and Eldoret city, a bastion of support for Odinga.