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Visionary leadership can still forestall poll conflict

President Uhuru Kenyatta (right) with Nasa leader Raila Odinga. FILE PHOTO | NMG
President Uhuru Kenyatta (right) with Nasa leader Raila Odinga. FILE PHOTO | NMG 

Monday is the first day of a week that few Kenyans of goodwill are looking forward to. On Thursday, the conflict pitting the two halves of the political and business elite will climax in a fresh presidential election. The consequences of this conflict are far from certain.

National Super Alliance leader Raila Odinga, who successfully petitioned President Uhuru Kenyatta’s re-election, Sunday called demonstrations starting Tuesday to force a postponement of the election.

Mr Kenyatta, on the other hand, understandably maintains that there is no choice in the matter: the election must be held as ordered by the Supreme Court and required by the Constitution.

Not having an election throws up too many unsavoury consequences - one of them a humongous constitutional crisis on legitimacy of power. 

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