Kenya: Annan Expected to Open New Kiambaa Church in August
Nairobi Star (Nairobi)
13 June 2011
Former UN Secretary General Kofi Annan is expected to be a guest at the opening of an interdenominational church being built at Kiambaa in Eldoret where 35 people were burnt to death during the post-election violence.
Annan mediated the peace accord that ended the violence which followed the 2007 general election.
The new church, expected to cost Sh8 million, is being financed with the assistance of Kenya Solidarity Group which comprises Kenyans living in Switzerland led by Denis Ambuto Ochieng. The construction is expected to be completed in August.
Ambuto said the church will serve not only as a symbol of respect for God but will help enhance peace and reconciliation among communities in the area. "We also want all Kenyans and our leaders to refocus on what happened so that we learn lessons and ensure that it does not happen again," said Ambuto who toured the construction site with the area assistant chief Julius Ngetich and a member of the local clergy, Wellington Mungai.
The exact site where the Kiambaa KAG church stood is currently fenced off and is a grave yard for the victims of the fire incident and others who died during the violence but were not identified or claimed.
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