Kenyan police brace for election violence

  • Kenyan police brace for election violence

Kenyan police brace for election violence

The opposition has already declared itself the victor, a move reminiscent of the 2007 post-election disputes that led to massive violence.

Voters are heading to the polls in what promises to be a very close race between incumbent president Uhuru Kenyatta and opposition leader Raila Odinga.

"Vote and go home to wait for the results", the President said in response to a question about what his message to Kenyans was on election day. "Your neighbour is your brother and sister, regardless of where they come from, let us cast our votes, go back home and continue living as we have always done before", he said.

In 2007, more than 1,100 Kenyans died and 600,000 were displaced after a disputed election - an outcome neither side wants to see repeated.

Kenyatta is the son of Kenya's first president and Kikuyu; Odinga is the son of the country's first vice president and a Luo. The speech was telecast on televisio where he has asked the eligible 19 million voters to vote in peace.

Kenyatta is the flag bearer of Jubilee coalition while Odinga heads the National Super Alliance (NASA).

One of the presidential candidates needs to win at least 50% of the total votes and a minimum of 25% of votes in 24 of 47 counties to avoid a run-off.

He is making it sound amusing and hypothetical when he is claiming that Kenya is on the right track when the debt of the Kenyan government is now over 3.9 or nealy 4 trillion Kenyan Shillings.Remember that When Kibaki and Raila Odinga were in the coalition government major infrastructure were seen in this Country like never before and the borrowing was very minimal.

Despite the concerns, the International Crisis Group has said Kenya is better prepared to handle any violence. This is the second time that the two are running against each other for office.

Much of the killing a decade ago was in Kisumu, a city of a million people, majority from Odinga's Luo tribe, on the shores of Lake Victoria.

Mr Kenyatta and Mr Odinga also faced off in the 2013 election.

Kenyans are expected to know about their new president by Wednesday morning, though the electoral body said there could be some delays because 11,000 polling stations out of the 40,883 lack 3G or 4G network connectivity.

Mr Odinga is also the son of a leader of the independence struggle and has cast himself as a champion of the poor and a critic of endemic corruption in many state institutions.

The 55-year-old US-educated multi-millionaire, whose family owns an array of businesses, properties and land, followed in his father's footsteps when he defeated his rival Raila Odinga to become president in 2013.

Chaos swept through the normally placid capital, Nairobi, in the days after the revolt, which started to fizzle within hours but unleashed a massive looting spree and ethnic-based violence. In 2013, when he contested the election results, he turned to Kenya's courts.