Raila condoles Norway following blast

July 23, 2011 12:29 pm

, NAIROBI, Kenya, July 23- Prime Minister, Raila Odinga, has expressed his condolenses to the people of Norway following the Friday blast in the country’s capital, Oslo.

“Personally and on behalf of the people of Kenya, I express condolences to the government and the people of Norway and to the families of the victims of the explosion in Oslo and attack in Utoeya,” a statement sent from the Prime Minister Press Service said.

Mr Odinga added, “Once again, uncalled for acts of violence have killed and injured innocent people who may never know why they were targets. Our thoughts are with the wounded and those who have lost friends and family.”

The Premier stated Kenya’s solidarity with the Norwegian people following what he termed as a ‘senseless act of violence’.

“Kenya has been victim to these senseless acts. Each time these acts are committed, we are reminded of the need for humanity to stand in solidarity against use of terror and violence as means to attaining any goal,” Mr Odinga stressed.

At least 91 people have been killed by the bomb blast that ripped open buildings in the heart of Norway’s government quarters Friday in Oslo.

The blast blew out windows of the Prime Minister’s building and damaged the buildings of the finance and oil ministries with glass and rubble scattered across the streets.

It was the biggest attack in Western Europe since the London transport bombings in 2005.

“It is our hope that the attacks will rally the international community to stand up in greater unison in defence of democracy, peace and human life. It is also our hope that those responsible will be caught and brought to justice,” the Prime Minister urged.

Mr Odinga is scheduled to arrive in Mombasa where he will hold a series of activities beginning this evening starting with a meeting with leaders from Lamu later Saturday..

On Monday, he will be  in Kaloleni, Kilifi, for a public rally.


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