Fears of a violent aftermath haunt Kenya president poll

Aug 07, 2017, 6:42 AM EDT
Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta is locked in a tight contest against a veteran opposition leader.
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The streets across Kenya have been packed with around 180,000 policemen and members of the security forces as threat of deadly violence looms large in the wake of a fiercely contested presidential election scheduled for Tuesday.

A string of violent clashes, including the murder of a high-profile election official, contentious voting technology and fears of rigging, leaves the country vulnerable to yet another spell of unrest whatever the outcome be, notes The Guardian.

Politically related bloodshed ahead of the 2008 election claimed the lives of nearly 1,300 people and displaced 600,000 others, writes USA Today.