Kenyan forces arm them­selves for elec­tions

The Star Early Edition - - WORLD -

WITH mem­o­ries of the vi­o­lence that ac­com­pa­nied elec­tions in Kenya in 2007, se­cu­rity forces are tak­ing no chances as the count­down to the Au­gust 8 elec­tions be­gins.

Na­tional se­cu­rity units have shipped-in crowd-con­trol ve­hi­cles, guns and tear­gas to deal with mass protests af­ter the elec­tions, Kenya’s Stan­dard news­pa­per re­ported yes­ter­day.

Se­cu­rity forces fear an out­break of vi­o­lence af­ter the an­nounce­ment of the re­sults of an­other strongly dis­puted elec­tion be­tween in­cum­bent Pres­i­dent Uhuru Keny­atta of Ju­bilee and Na­tional Su­per-Al­liance flag-bearer Raila Odinga.

Some of the anti-riot equip­ment, in­clud­ing more than 30 South Korean-made ar­moured wa­ter can­non ve­hi­cles, ar­rived over the week­end.

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