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Kenyans on Twitter preach peace as voter registration turns messy

The second phase of the voter registration exercise that begun on January 16 2017 has unleashed an unexpected political excitement in the country.

What was meant to be a 30-day exercise aimed at encouraging fresh voters to register has turned into a fully-fledged campaign with all the markings of a violent and destructive exercise.

President Uhuru Kenyatta, Deputy President William Ruto, Nasa principals Raila Odinga, Kalonzo Musyoka, Moses Wetangula and Musalia Mudavadi have for the past 11 days traversed the entire country as they marshal supporters in their strongholds and other areas for votes.

Tempers have flared, tribalism and negative ethnicity has reared its head once again.

In the process, DP Ruto’s convoy was blocked and had to turn around in Bungoma, Ken Obura, an MP in Kisumu, had his car stoned as he tried to speak to voters, Nairobi Governor Evens Kidero was ambushed and three journalists hurt.

VIOLENT ACTS

The list of violent acts that have been perpetrated in the last 11 days is long and even includes a possible suicide attempt by a Baringo aspirant who was heckled off stage.

In response, Kenyans have turned to each other. Preaching peace messages and warning each other of the dangers of election violence. Individuals took the chance to encourage the youth to register as voters if they wanted to effect change.

The messages, found on twitter and Facebook encourage Kenyans to shun violence and approach the elections soberly. Tweeting under #ResilientKenya and #TriblesYouth.

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