Legacy of violence looms as Kenyans gear up for vote

In this Thursday, Feb. 21, 2013 file photo, Kenyan presidential candidate Raila Odinga speaks to the crowd at an election rally in Iten, Kenya. (AP Photo/Mackenzie Knowles-Coursin, File)
In this Thursday, Feb. 21, 2013 file photo, Kenyan presidential candidate Raila Odinga speaks to the crowd at an election rally in Iten, Kenya. (AP Photo/Mackenzie Knowles-Coursin, File)

It’s voting time in Kenya, and campaigns are in full swing in preparation for general elections on Monday. The eight presidential candidates are helicoptering from rally to rally in search of their share of the 14.3 million registered voters, while caravans of music-blasting campaign buses block up city traffic as they energize their bases. Campaign posters dripping with glue blanket any available surface from tree trunks to highway overpasses, and party flags flap from the external mirrors of public buses and motorcycle taxis. Parades of red or orange, depending on the preferred major party, bounce their way through city streets and slum alleys, blowing whistles and shouting slogans.

But uncertainty lurks beneath the zeal.  Read more…

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