In Kenya, polarizing election re-run rekindles ethnic tensions

In Kenya, polarizing election re-run rekindles ethnic tensionsBy Maggie Fick MUHORONI, Kenya (Reuters) – Kenya’s repeat presidential election, boycotted this week by millions, has reignited long-running tensions between ethnic communities in some areas, leading inhabitants of one small village in the west to pick up traditional arms on Saturday. In the bright green sugarcane fields where the western Nyanza region rolls toward the Nandi hills, two tribes — the Luo and the Kalenjin — have lived in relative peace for years. The stand-off, defused by an emergency intervention of three county governors, was a stark reminder of how easily Kenya’s months-long political crisis could spark the type of ethnic violence that killed 1,200 people after a flawed 2007 vote.



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