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Violence, election fraud will turn Kenya to international pariah: UK pundits

A political rally: Hundreds of media representatives and 5,000 international observers are expected to monitor and cover next week's poll. FILE PHOTO | JEFFF ANGOTE
A political rally: Hundreds of media representatives and 5,000 international observers are expected to monitor and cover next week's poll. FILE PHOTO | JEFFF ANGOTE  

Next week’s General Elections are likely to be a watershed for the country’s relations with the international community, according to analysts in the UK press.

Get it right with and the election passes off peacefully and Kenya will once again be welcomed with open arms into the international community, with Britain in particular being anxious to resume good relations with Nairobi as it prepares to enter a post-Brexit world.

But get it wrong, with violence and election fraud, and Kenya could once again become an international pariah shunned on the world stage with an inevitable economic cost to boot.

Some commentators in the UK are predicting violence like that witnessed ten years ago, with The Independent newspaper warning that “the government's failure to address old wounds risks passing them along for generations with the potential for cycles of violence.”

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