Great… Obama's Cousin Charged With Ethnic Cleansing

Ok… Sometimes family issues are a stumbling block for candidates so this may sound a bit old-fashioned… But, I personally like to draw the line at mass killings…

Bill Clinton’s brother was arrested for drunk driving and disturbing the peace.
Hillary Clinton’s brother was paid $400,000 in exchange for getting people pardoned.
Jimmy Carter’s brother was a registered foreign agent of the Libyan government and urinated in public at the Atlanta airport.

But, here’s a new one…
Barack Obama’s cousin Raila Odinga is charged with ethnic cleansing by Kenyan officials.

Barack Obama’s cousin and Kenyan Opposition Leader Raila Odinga (BBC)
The BBC reported:

President Mwai Kibaki was declared the winner of the 27 December poll, but the results were rejected by the opposition and called into question by international observers.

More than 600 people have died in unrest since, and another quarter of a million have been driven from their homes.

In an interview last week with the BBC’s HARDtalk programme, Ms Karua said the government had suspected that Mr Raila Odinga’s ODM party was “planning mayhem if they lost”.

But she said they had not expected “the magnitude [of the violence] and for it to be ethnic cleansing”.

Here Raila Odinga talks about his support from cousin Barack Obama:

Odinga says Barack Obama has been closely following the election.
So far at least 600 have died in the election violence in Kenya.


Kenya Erupts– 270 Dead Following Vote- 50 Burned Alive in Church
Barack Obama’s Cousin Leads Opposition In Violent Kenya

UPDATE: Rioting– 7 Dead in Kenya.
The Opposition is going on a rampage:

A Kikuyu man is beaten by opposition supporters in the Mathare Slums, of Nairobi, Kenya, on Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2008. Police fired tear gas and bullets to disperse protesters in several Kenyan cities, Wednesday, at the start of three days of opposition rallies that threatened to plunge the nation’s streets back into post election violence. (WPN)

More… Jules Crittenden lists further embarrassments.
Confederate Yankee has more thoughts on family politics.

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