Exodian’s voice from Uganda: The 2008 Kenyan crisis
Posted by exodians on March 6, 2008
(Originally Posted on January 14, 2008)
Anchorman: Just as we hit the month of January 2008, Kenya is already in the headlines. After hearing the crisis as a result of a disputed election in Kenya where the winning candidate was accused of rigging the election (Ah, the sanctity of the ballot had been compromised),we communicated to our fellow exodian in Uganda.
Concern: Please check if what we heard was true that hundreds of Kenyans were burned inside the church where they seek refuge.
Let’s hear Butch from his side of the world.
Butch from Uganda Replied:
Yap, I am just near the border with Kenya, about 4 hours by car… and of course we are severely affected by the crisis now in Kenya.
The price of diesel dramatically went up to 6000 Ugandan Shillings per liter, from 2000 Ugandan Shillings last week. See the reference below the value of 6000 Uganda Shilling in Philippine peso, US Dollar, and Euro.
January 4, 2008 estimated exchange rate:
6,000 Uganda Shilling = 147.507 Philippine Peso
6,000 Philippine Peso (PHP) = 244,056 Uganda Shilling (UGX)
U.S American Dollar
6,000 Uganda Shilling = 3.58209 US Dollar
6,000 US Dollar (USD) = 10,050,000 Uganda Shilling (UGX)
6,000 Uganda Shilling = 2.43266 Euro
6,000 Euro (EUR) = 14,798,625 Uganda Shilling (UGX
There are also some refugees who started to cross the border to Uganda and the United Nations together with the government is assessing the situation.
I understand that there is a rally scheduled today in Nairobi.
The opposition is estimating a million people to come and join the rally.
The turn out to that rally can dictate the possible direction the next days. If a huge crowd will come, then i guess it can turn for the worse.
I also heard about the burning of the church but as far as I know, there were just 30 people inside not hundreds.
There were also reports of summary executions in the villages…death tolls estimated around 300.
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