“There is a growing perception among many members of Mr. Kenyatta’s ethnic group, the Kikuyu, and Mr. Ruto’s, the Kalenjin, that they must win this election in order to protect their leaders from being hauled off to a jail cell in Europe, which is raising tensions even higher.”
– Jeffrey Gettleman NYT Feb 22, 2013
Kenya’s presidential election may be the most eagerly anticipated in sub-Saharan Africa this year and it is only one week away. Peace throughout the process will bring unexpected hope for the country and region going forward while ethnic violence could further entrench a crippling precedent. Check out this piece by Jeffrey Gettleman to gauge the level of tension leading up to March 4th.