On May 16, 2016, the world watched as police in Nairobi, armed to the teeth brutalized citizens with sticks and tear gas. Social media was trending with pictures and videos of the brutality.
The people were demonstrating over electoral reforms. Apparently, their Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) is not so independent after all and many were accusing the officials of being corrupt.
It looks like Kenyans are shaping up for their August 8, 2017 vote by looking at the officials who will announce the results.
Recently the world watched as Ugandans got brutalised and tear gassed by police, army and plain clothes security operatives, all because of elections opposition believes were rigged and the Electoral Commission was not independent.
Kenya’s opposition leader Raila Odinga, the biggest rival to Uhuru Kenyatta, has said publicly that the 2017 elections will not be free and fair because of the corruption in the IEBC.
The 2017 elections, if Kenyatta runs as expected, would give him a second term if he wins.
Meanwhile Odinga through the Coalition for Reforms and Democracy (CORD) lost to Kenyatta in 2013. He disputed the results and nothing changed.
Prior to the 2013 election, the one in 2007 was very bloody. More than 1,000 people were killed in ethnic fighting between the Luo and Kikuyu. Odinga is Luo. He lost to Mwai Kibaki who is a Kikuyu.