Africa

Kenya: Hate Leaflets Trigger Voter Poll Fears

Kenya's President Mwai Kibaki delivers his speech during the national celebrations

Hate leaflets threatening violence ahead of Kenya's elections are being distributed in numerous parts of the country, police have confirmed.

In one leaflet obtained by Sky News, a politician in Western Kenya accused a rival tribe of seeking to uproot his community ahead of the March 4 polls.

Referring to the tribe members as "weeds", he promised to push them off their land and return them to their "original home" if elected.

Deputy Police spokesman Charles Owino Wahong'o said in a statement: "The leaflets are causing fear and may cause people to leave the regions where they registered as voters.

"Other leaflets are warning people of possible violence during and after the election."

Kenya was rocked by ethnic conflict during its 2007-2008 elections.

More than 1,100 people were killed and up to 600,000 forced from their homes as a result of the disputed poll, where members of two rival tribes both claimed victory.

Hate speech, often reported by local media, was a major catalyst for the fighting.

Journalist Joshua Arap Sang is now wanted by the International Criminal Court for crimes against humanity for allegedly inciting violence on his radio station KASS FM.

His trial is due to start in April, along with that of current presidential candidate Uhuru Kenyatta – who is also indicted on charges of crimes against humanity.

Anthony-Claret Onwutalobi
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