NAIROBI, Kenya, Sept. 16 (UPI) -- A senior Kenyan academic who called for dramatic cuts in the powers of President Mwai Kibaki was shot to death, the London Telegraph reported Tuesday.
Odhiambo Mbai, a political scientist and official of Kenya's constitutional convention, was slain by gunmen who stormed his home in Nairobi, the report said.
Mbai told colleagues three days before he died he had received death threats and was being followed.
He was a senior official of a conference drafting Kenya's new constitution and had been due to unveil proposals Wednesday to transfer powers from Kibaki to the new post of prime minister.
Kibaki won a landslide electoral victory in December after the resignation of Daniel arap Moi on a manifesto that included cutting the near-dictatorial powers Moi accumulated in his 20 years in power. Now, Kibaki insists he must retain them.
Several political figures were killed during Moi's presidency, most notably the foreign minister, Robert Ouko, in 1990.