Ethnic Fighting Escalates in Kenya

NAIROBI, Kenya -- Renewed ethnic fighting broke out in Nairobi Sunday where residents said several people hacked to death with machetes and homes were set ablaze in more violence stemming from the disputed presidential election.

Elsewhere, police on Sunday managed to quell more than two days of fierce fighting around a Catholic monastery in the Rift Valley that killed 22 people and left 200 homes burned, officials said.

The violence was yet another eruption of the ethnic clashes that have plagued the East African country since the disputed re-election of President Mwai Kibaki on Dec. 27.

Sunday's bloodshed in Nairobi's Mathare slum, like much of the fighting since the ballot, was between the Kikuyu and Luo ethnic groups, resident Boniface Shikami said. Kibaki is a Kikuyu and opposition leader Raila Odinga, who says Kibaki stole the December election, is a Luo.

A reporter saw the body of a Luo man who had been beaten to death after riding his bicycle through a group of Kikuyus in Mathare. Another staggered past, blood streaming from where his arm, which had been cut off with a machete. The arm was taken by youths and placed on top of a pile of stones barricading an alleyway.

Resident Moses Ogolla said he saw four bodies being put into a police vehicle Sunday with deep machete cuts. "I think it was a gang who attacked them because some bodies, the head had six, seven, eight cuts on it," he said. Ogolla said he believed the victims were Luo because he heard the families speaking the Luo language.