Kenya’s President warns against violence as poll fever hits

Kenya’s President warns against violence as poll fever hits

Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta has warned against violence as election season gets into full swing.

This is after chaotic party primaries led to violent incidents.

One lawmaker claimed on Facebook he had been shot in the ear and his car sprayed with bullets in what he called an “assassination attempt by rivals within his party.

On Wednesday, local media reported fistfights between rival supporters of ruling party candidates which left at least nine injured while one aspirant was hospitalised with neck injuries.

“My government is committed to enforcing the rule of law and ensuring the safety and security of all citizens and communities during these primaries and the general election scheduled in August.” Uhuru said

Kenyatta is seeking a second term in office with his Jubilee Party. Opposition heavyweights including his longtime rival Raila Odinga have united in a coalition called NASA, but have yet to pick a flagbearer with a little over three months to the vote.

“As a party we will not tolerate violence, as president I will also not tolerate violence and anybody who engages in acts of violence will be dealt with in accordance with the law irrespective of who they are.”Uhuru Kenyatta said.