- Title: Kenyan president campaigns in opposition stronghold
- Date: 3rd August 2017
- Summary: UHURU KENYATTA AND HIS ELECTION RUNNING MATE DANCING ON STAGE
- Embargoed: 17th August 2017 19:33
- Keywords: Uhuru Kenyatta William Ruto Jubilee supporters election campaign rally opposition stronghold Kenya
- Location: KITUI, KENYA
- City: KITUI, KENYA
- Country: Kenya
- Topics: Government/Politics
- Reuters ID: LVA0056SLSZLZ
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: Kenyan president Uhuru Kenyatta took his election campaigning into opposition strongholds on Thursday (August 3), urging residents to vote for him and help him secure a second term.
Kenyatta is facing a stiff challenge for veteran opposition leader Raila Odinga in next week's August 8 polls, when Kenyans will choose a new president, lawmakers and local representatives.
Many voters are jittery, fearing a repeat of the 2007 polls, when Odinga alleged rigging and called for demonstrations. The political protests and ethnic violence that followed killed more than 1,200 people.
During the next polls, in 2013, Odinga also lost and called foul, but he took his concerns to court and the elections were largely peaceful.
Kenyatta, was charged by the International Criminal Court with orchestrating the 2007 unrest, but the case against him and his current deputy, William Ruto, collapsed.
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