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A supporter of the opposition leader Raila Odinga faces off against riot police officers during a protest in Nairobi. (Photo/Dai Kurokawa/EPA).

With Kenya’s History Of Political Violence, Will It Be Different This Time?: Colonialism, Vigilantes And Militias


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THE Supreme Court decision on September 1 to nullify Kenya’s presidential August election and hold a new poll has reignited fears that the country could descend into violence. Kenya certainly has an extensive track record of political violence. This has generally been ethnically mobilised, stemming from grievances over land and exacerbated by vigilantes and militias deployed by politicians to garner …

Kenya election officials had to be very creative earlier in the year during voter registration in the remote parts of the country. They will need to repeat the feat to pull off a credible vote. (Photo/IEBC/FB).

As Kenya Votes On August 8, A Breakdown Of What You Need To Know About The Elections

This is a replica of the 2013 polls where the two presidential candidates, Uhuru Kenyatta and Raila Odinga, were the dominant opponents.