Victims of Political Violence Want More than Handshake from Kenyan Leaders 

The men promised to work together for national unity, releasing a lengthy statement that has drawn international praise.

But those who say they were victimized by police aggression during the protracted presidential election season say they feel forgotten and betrayed.

“People were sacrificed,” said Ernest Ngesa, 31, who lives in Kibera, a Nairobi neighbourhood.

“You can’t just come and make us a promise that there will be changes. People have lost a lot.” Mr Ngesa knows what that loss means.

The last time widespread violence followed a contested election, in 2007, more than 1,100 people were killed – including his 9-year-old daughter.

“I was fighting very hard this year for something more,” Mr Ngesa said. “We say we’ve come together in spite of our differences, but this is the second time we’re hurting.”

[…] “The country needs to have a dialogue, but the voice of the ordinary people hasn’t been raised,” said Rachael Mwikali of the National Coalition of Grassroots Human Rights Defenders.

“Sometimes, I feel when they’re calling for reconciliation, it’s only about their interests. And these are two men who are supposed to be looking after the country.”

The New York Times