Kenyans Fear Election Violence in 2012

by Richard Poe
Thursday, February 16, 2012

5:41 pm Eastern Time

Montage of Kenya Election Violence 2007


Soros Network Denies Role in 2007 Bloodbath

FEBRUARY 16, 2012 — MANY Kenyans fear that the 2012 elections will bring violence even worse than the bloodbath of 2007. Violent youth groups and militias remain active in the country, fueling fears of electoral mayhem ahead. (1)

One of the leading organizers of activist youth in Kenya is George Soros’ Open Society Institute (OSI). Following Kenya’s December 2007 elections, Soros-funded activists demanded that the election be overturned. The country erupted into violence, leaving more than 1,100 people dead and some 350,000 homeless. Thousands were injured, tortured, mutilated and raped. (2)

In 2010, I suggested that the Soros foundation may have contributed to Kenya’s 2007 electoral violence, through its youth mobilization program. My allegations appeared in an article published in Glenn Beck’s e-mail newsletter. (3) Mr. Beck announced the article on the air, during his controversial “Puppetmaster” series on George Soros, which had a reported audience of nearly 3 million viewers.(4)

The Soros network in Kenya quickly responded to my allegations. On November 13, Binaifer Nowrojee, director of Mr. Soros’ Open Society Initiative for Eastern Africa (OSIEA), told the Nairobi Daily Nation that the foundation “did not have any role in the violence.” The OSIEA sought only “to promote open society, democratic governance, human rights and free speech,” she said. (5)

On November 20, the Daily Nation published an op-ed suggesting that Mr. Beck had published my article in an effort to embarrass President Obama. “Mr. Soros was an early supporter of Mr. Obama,” the op-ed noted. (6)

1. Tom Odula, “Kenya rights group warns of 2012 vote violence in Kenya’s 2012 elections,” Associated Press, February 28, 2011 (full text at Washington Times, March 1, 2011)
2. Richard Poe, “Soros’s Role in Kenya Chaos,”, November 11, 2010 (see reader comments at FreeRepublic)
3. ibid.
4. Beck announced my article on his Fox News broadcast, on the final episode of his three-part “Puppetmaster” series. See Glenn Beck, “The Glenn Beck Program,” Fox News Network, November 11, 2010
5. Kevin J. Kelley, “US Tycoon ‘Stirred Up Poll Chaos’,” (Daily Nation, Nairobi, Kenya), November 13, 2010
6. Murithi Mutiga, “Obama haters mill theory on Kenya poll chaos,” (Sunday Nation, Nairobi, Kenya), November 20, 2010

Glenn Beck (November 11, 2010): “Richard Poe also wrote a special piece that is being sent out on my free e-mail newsletter tomorrow at It shows an example of how George Soros interfered in Kenya in 2007 in the elections, and how that interference played a role in creating complete chaos there.”

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