The election is entering its final phase, after the candidates, former Prime Minister Raila Odinga and Deputy President William Ruto announced their running mates – former Attorney General Martha Karua and determined campaigner Rigathi Gachagua.
Both candidates come with their merits and baggage, although Karua seems to helped Odinga more than Gachagua has boosted Ruto. Neither Karua and Gachagua, like their principals, have pronounced on land justice issues.
For decades, the land question has been a flashpoint issue in Kenya’s elections.
Beyond the campaign rhetoric, political fights over land have triggered violent attacks and forcible evictions. That reached its apogee in the 2007 elections when the dispute over the elections morphed into armed clashes in which over 1,200 people were killed and some 600,000 chased from their homes. To date, no one has been convicted
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