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Kenya Polls Campaigns Cross Over Into Somalia
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Kenya Polls Campaigns Cross Over Into Somalia

Ahead of the August 9th 2022 elections Kenyan campaigns and the race for votes seem to have crossed borders into Somalia.

This convoy of Wajir South candidate Dr. Mohamed Omar with his campaign posters was spotted in Kismayo.

Clan politics play a significant role in the politics of Kenya’s north eastern region hence links with neighbouring regions in Somalia during campaigns.

Dr Omar seeks re-election and faces among others former Al-Jazeera journalist Mohamed Adow in the race for the Wajir South.

Millions of Kenyans willhead to the polls next Tuesday, with two political veterans locked in a fierce battle for the presidency.

Memories of violence during previous elections loom large, and the country is grappling with a cost-of-living crisis, widening inequality and a crippling drought.

Four candidates are vying for the top job, with a tight race between frontrunners Deputy President William Ruto and Raila Odinga, the opposition leader now backed by the ruling party.

Campaigning has been dominated by mud-slinging, fake news and the practice of showering prospective voters with freebies including umbrellas, groceries and cash.

There is speculation Kenya may have its first presidential run-off, and concerns are mounting that if losing candidates challenge the results, the discord could erupt into street violence.

The leading contenders are familiar faces: Odinga, 77, served as prime minister from 2008 to 2013 and Ruto, 55, became deputy president in 2013.

But Ruto — long cast as President Uhuru Kenyatta’s successor — saw his ambitions thwarted when his boss shook hands with longtime rival Odinga in 2018.

Kenyatta, who has served two terms and cannot run again, has thrown his weight behind Odinga for August 9, giving him access to the ruling Jubilee party’s powerful election machinery.

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