Race On For Kenya’s Presidency

With elections in Kenya only 102 days way, the main opposition alliance is running out of time to name its candidate.

The National Super Alliance, or Nasa, has five men competing to be party leader, but many expect the selection committee to look no further than Raila Odinga.

Mr Odinga, 72, leads the Orange Democratic Movement, the largest opposition party in parliament.

If confirmed as the candidate at today’s Nasa rally in the capital, Nairobi, this will be his fourth attempt at becoming president.

Mr Odinga still maintains he won the controversial 2007 elections in which then-President Mwai Kibaki was named the winner, sparking violent clashes that led to the deaths of more than a thousand people.

Meanwhile, many sitting politicians have lost their bids to defend their seats in primaries.

Kenyans on Twitter are excited that a campaign, #fagiawote, a Swihili phrase which means “sweep them all out”, could be succeeding.

The campaign calls on voters to oust sitting politicians to express displeasure with how the country has been run at all levels in the last four years.

President Uhuru Kenyatta of the Jubilee Party is running for a second term.

There have been outbreaks of violence in various parts of the country, as well as allegations of vote buying and rigging.

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