Kenyans are voting today, 8th August, to elect a president, governors, senators and members of parliament. The two candidates for the presidential office are Uhuru Kenyatta and Raila Odinga. Kenyatta is the current sitting president and is the son of Kenya’s first president, Jomo Kenyatta who was elected in 1963 when Kenya became independent. Kenyatta is a member of the country’s largest tribe, the Kikuyu.
Raila Odinga is the son of Kenya’s first vice-president and is a former prime minister. He is a member of Luo tribe who generally feel unrepresented. He lost his past four attempts at the presidency and in 2007 and 2013 he was suspected of cheating.
Kenyatta was suspected of rigging the 2013 election. Similar worries are in the air this year. Kenya’s elections can be violent. IN 2007, 1,100 Kenyans died after a disputed election. Just over a week ago, on the 31st July, the chief technician in charge of electronic voting systems was found dead with signs of torture.