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Kenyans choose next president in fiercely contested vote

Nairobi - Kenyans are voting in an election that pits President Uhuru Kenyatta against challenger Raila Odinga in an East African economic hub known as much for its relative, long-term stability as the ethnic allegiances that shadow its democracy.

A key concern after polls opened on Tuesday was whether Kenya would echo its 2013 election, a mostly peaceful affair despite opposition allegations of vote-tampering, or the 2007 election, which led to violence fueled by ethnic divisions that killed more than 1 000 people.

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Mugabe 'must be part of the solution to problems regarding his successor', says VP

Harare – Zimbabwean Vice President Phelekezela Mphoko has, in a "subtle" message, reportedly called on President Robert Mugabe to "sort out the mess he has created in the country" before "anointing" his successor.

According to NewsDay, Mphoko said this during a Zanu-PF inter-district meeting in Bulawayo.

"The president (Mugabe) should be part of the solution to problems going on in the country with regards to who will succeed him. He should do it well and quietly through the structures. He knows how to do it, he is mature and will do it well," Mphoko was quoted as saying.

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'Ensure peaceful, transparent vote', Kenya leaders told

Cape Town – Global civil society alliance, CIVICUS, has called on Kenyan authorities, politicians, leaders to act in a responsible manner and respect the the decision of the electorate, as the east African country took to the polls on Tuesday.

In a statement, CIVICUS said that Kenyan authorities had "a responsibility to ensure a peaceful and transparent election, which will enhance Kenya’s democratic credentials".

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Kenyan woman gives birth while waiting to vote

Nairobi  - Some Kenyans braced long queues, others rain and chilly weather, but one woman gave birth on Tuesday while in line to vote in general elections and still made sure to vote.

A heavily pregnant Paulina Chemanang was feeling fine as she left to vote early at a polling station in remote West Pokot country, she told local radio Capital FM.

"I had no labour pains, and they just came as soon as I arrived here. I was not feeling anything since yesterday," she said.

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'Make Africa proud,' Mbeki, Mahama tell Kenyans as voting begins

Nairobi - Two former presidents in charge of observer missions in the Kenyan elections have urged the country to make the continent proud by having successful elections.

Former president Thabo Mbeki, who heads the African Union Elections Observer mission, said at a press conference on Monday afternoon he was so confident that Kenya’s elections would go well, that neither he nor former Ghanain president John Mahama, who heads the Commonwealth’s mission, would be getting on planes on August 9, the day after tomorrow’s elections.

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Obama calls for peaceful election in Kenya

Washington - Former US president Barack Obama called Monday on Kenyans to hold a peaceful and untainted election, speaking out on the eve of a crucial vote in the East African country where his father was born.

"I urge Kenyan leaders to reject violence and incitement; respect the will of the people," Obama said in a statement.

Tuesday's elections pit President Uhuru Kenyatta against his historic rival Raila Odinga, who has run for president thrice and lost each time.

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Kenya's 'Mandela' is hoping for a presidential victory that has long eluded him

Nairobi - Kenyan four-time presidential hopeful, Raila Odinga, is hoping for some Madiba magic. That much is clear from his Facebook page.

On the banner behind his profile picture, faded to the background, is a picture of him meeting a very aged Nelson Mandela, and right next to it, superimposed, a picture of Odinga holding a child.

There’s also the Mandela quote: “A good head and a good heart are always a formidable combination.”

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