On Monday, April 25 at 19:30 GMT:
Kenya is ready to carry common elections on August 9 and Kenyans are bracing themselves for a tumultuous run-up to the polls.
President Uhuru Kenyatta will stand down after serving the utmost of two five-year phrases, however he doesn’t depart his deputy president William Ruto together with his endorsement. Kenyatta has known as him “inexperienced” and has as a substitute voiced his assist for veteran opposition chief Raila Odinga. Odinga is making his fifth bid for president, and says he’s dedicated to constructing a “democratic and progressive Kenya”.
Ruto, who served as a lawmaker and minister for agriculture earlier than changing into deputy president, seeks to problem conventional patterns of ethnic voting and has known as the upcoming election a contest of poor “hustlers” in opposition to rich political dynasties. He has criticised Kenyatta’s dealing with of the nation’s debt, whereas accusing him of not honouring his 2017 election guarantees and of utilizing state establishments to persecute political opponents.
However Ruto’s candidacy will not be with out problems. In 2011 he confronted the Worldwide Legal Court docket for allegedly masterminding violence following the 2007 election. The costs have been dismissed. Odinga and Ruto have each accused one another of foul play and of accepting illegitimate marketing campaign funds.
There are additionally issues about doable violence and the unfold of hate speech. Within the aftermath of the 2017 elections, police responded violently to opposition supporters who protested in opposition to alleged vote rigging. Greater than 100 individuals have been killed in clashes between ethnic teams as accusations have been traded.
On this episode we’ll take a broad have a look at the Kenyan election, the platforms of the candidates, and what the main points for voters will likely be.
On this episode of The Stream, we’re joined by:
Patrick Gathara, @gathara
Nerima Wako, @nerimaw
CEO, Siasa Place
Shikoh Kihika, @Shikohkihika
Founder, Tribeless Youth