Kenyan opposition lawmaker gunned down as ethnic violence rages

( dpa ) - A Kenyan opposition member of parliament was shot and killed late Monday in what his colleagues are calling a political murder and part of the violence that has gripped the country since disputed elections last month.

Mugabe Were, legislator for the Nairobi constituency of Embakasi, was shot by two men just after midnight as he was waiting for his guard to open the security gate and was declared dead upon arriving to hospital, the BBC reported.

"People are seeing it as a political killing," said Salim Lone, spokesman for the Orange Democratic Movement, which claims last month's polls were rigged. "This is part of the violence that has ravaged this country since the elections."

Police have said they are investigating the crime, which comes ahead of further meetings between opposition leader Raila Odinga and President Mwai Kibaki set for Tuesday afternoon.

Violence continues to rock the normally peaceful East African nation, with ethnic clashes erupting in cities across the country.

Some 800 people have been killed and 250,000 displaced in the ongoing chaos.

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