'Off With Their Fingers' Urges Party Boss
Jun. 12, 1990
NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) _ A ruling party boss has urged followers to chop off the fingers of people who flash a two-fingered salute in support of allowing opposition parties, newspapers reported Tuesday.
Wilson Leitich, chairman of the ruling Kenya African National Union branch in Nakuru, made the comment Monday during an address celebrating the ruling party's 30th birthday.
Leitich told members of the party's youth wing to carry knives and chop off the index and middle fingers off anyone seen giving the opposition salute. He said they should take the fingers to the party offices in Nakuru, in the southeastern Rift Valley.
''We are not cowards for them to play around with us like that,'' the Daily Nation quoted Leitich as saying.
That paper and the daily Standard reported the address, but Kenya's other English-language newspaper, the ruling party's Kenya Times, did not.
Several prominent clergymen and former politicians have increasingly called for a return to multiparty politics.
Kenya has been a one-party state since 1982. Daniel arap Moi is president and leader of the ruling party.