Violence and Fraud Claims Fuel Anxiety in Kenya Ahead of Election

Kenyan opposition candidate Raila Odinga leads a demonstration calling for the disbandment of the country's election commission over allegations of bias and corruption, Nairobi, Kenya, June 6, 2016 (AP photo by Ben Curtis).
Kenyan opposition candidate Raila Odinga leads a demonstration calling for the disbandment of the country's election commission over allegations of bias and corruption, Nairobi, Kenya, June 6, 2016 (AP photo by Ben Curtis).
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Editor’s Note: Every Friday, WPR Associate Editor Robbie Corey-Boulet curates the top news and analysis from and about the African continent. The final week of campaigning before nationwide elections in Kenya began with two incidents that amplified fears of political violence. First, last weekend, a man armed with a machete managed to break into the home of Deputy President William Ruto, wounding one police officer and then fatally shooting another with a stolen rifle. It took 18 hours for security forces to kill him. Then, authorities announced Monday that a senior official with Kenya’s election commission had been found dead. […]

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