Kenya's Kenyatta urges peace ahead of poll as tensions rise

2017-10-22 17:30
President Uhuru Kenyatta (File: AFP)

President Uhuru Kenyatta (File: AFP)

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Nairobi - President Uhuru Kenyatta urged Kenyans to maintain peace ahead of fresh presidential elections next week as at least one person was shot and wounded by police amid a rise in ethnic tensions in the capital.

A resident of Nairobi's Lucky Summer low income area said on Sunday that tensions grew after a traditional ceremony was performed by members Kenyatta's Kikuyu community which some residents interpreted as a war ceremony.

Sheila Kariuki said supporters of opposition leader Raila Odinga went to the ceremony's site and police shot them when an argument started.

President Uhuru Kenyatta's August re-election was nullified by the Supreme Court and a new election ordered. Tensions have increased ahead of the fresh vote set for October 26 which Odinga is boycotting because the electoral commission has not been reformed.

Read more on:    uhuru kenyatta  |  raila odinga  |  kenya  |  kenya 2017 elections  |  east africa
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