Tension has returned to Nairobi following the shooting of newly elected member of parliament Melitus Were of the main opposition party Orange Democratic Movement (ODM), who was killed outside his home in Nairobi in the early hours of 29 January. Were represented Embakasi in the eastern part of the capital and Kenya's largest constituency.

Before being elected to parliament in December 2007 Were was a city councillor for the Dandora district of Nairobi for five years. Previously he had studied in Rome at the Pontifical Gregorian University in 1998, taking a diploma in social communications. He was a highly respected, soft-spoken and charismatic figure and on his return to Nairobi from Rome he entered city politics, dedicating his time to projects for youth in the city in particular. He was married to an Italian and they had three children.

The high profile killing followed another day of violence across western Kenya, which has taken the death toll to over 800 since the disputed 27 December elections.

The worst of the violence has been concentrated in Kenya