Aid is starting to move and the roads into the Rift Valley are free now. But the scars of last week’s violence are everywhere on the road to Kericho. Each small town or trading post was missing a couple of stalls or a shop. A pile of ashes would be all that was left. This part of the Rift Valley is largely Kalenjin territory – supporters of William Ruto, a key figure in the ODM – and it seems they have been singling out Kikuyu businesses to get at supporters of Mwai Kibaki.
Branches and tree trunks lay alongside the road, where they had been left by police clearing the roadblocks that prevented aid reaching this part of the world earlier.
More demos are planned in Nairobi for Tuesday, but I get the sense that we have seen the worst of it (a pal who bumped into Raila tells me he sort of ummed and aahed about more demos) and fully expect opposition figures to start thinking that a place in President Kibaki’s cabinet might not be such a bad idea.