By Adrian Blomfield, IN NAIROBI
8 AUGUST 2017 • 5:59PM
Kenyans hurled themselves into a general election on Tuesday amid fears that the country’s oldest and most bitter dynastic rivalry could unleash renewed turmoil in the former colony.
After an acrimonious campaign overshadowed by the murder of a senior election official and allegations of fraud, voters queued in vast numbers to cast their ballots for either Uhuru Kenyatta, the incumbent president, or his opponent Raila Odinga.
With little in terms of policy to distinguish between the two, ethnic loyalties will once again have a disproportionate and potentially malign influence over the election’s outcome.
Further adding to volatility, opinion polls gave neither candidate a conclusive lead, convincing supporters of both men that victory in a foregone conclusion – and increasing the likelihood that those on the losing side will reject the result.