Kenya Govt Taking Strain Under 'Most Expensive' Polls

As Kenya heads to the polls, there are at least three travel advisories warning Australians, Americans and British citizens of possible violence on August 8, as the country's electoral commission continues to be under intense pressure to deliver peaceful and efficient polling process. Fears have been fueled by the death of Internal Security Cabinet Secretary Joseph Nkaissery, attacks - allegedly by Al-Shabaab militants - in Lamu County, and sensationalist videos "predicting an apocalyptic future of mass starvation under a Raila Odinga presidency" being shared on social media. The country's treasury is struggling due to higher salary demands by nurses and lecturers who are on strike, emergency funding for drought relief, and security interventions in Somalia.

Members of the public during a peace walk in Eldoret town, flagged off by Ainabkoi Deputy County Commissioner Nobert Komora, who called on youths not to be used to cause chaos during the electioneering period.


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