Elections are Tomorrow

Greetings praying friends,

10 years ago

10 years ago, right after the elections, the politician that lost the election called on his supporters to protest what he saw as vote rigging.  As a result of the following violence, over 1,000 people were killed and around 500,000 were displaced from their homes.  In the last 10 years, many of those who were internally displaced people have not been able to return to their homes.

5 years ago, the main two presidential candidates were both under indictment by the International Criminal Courts for crimes stemming from that post election violence at the previous election.  Both presidential candidates eventually had the charges against them dropped for various reasons.

Tomorrow Kenya goes to the polls once again, and once again, and the same two presidential candidates are vying for the position again.  Current president Uhuru Kenyatta and opposition leader Ralia Odinga are in a very close election.  Current polls have President Kenyatta with a slight lead, although other polls suggest Odinga has increased support and made it “too close to call”.

Kenyan’s are nervous.  I went into Nairobi on Friday to do a bit of shopping, and all of the main grocery stores were packed with people stocking up.  Those that can leave what might be hot spots, like the slums in Nairobi and Nakuru, are.  Those that can’t are preparing to hunker down.  RVA has asked us to plan on having enough food on hand for 3 weeks, and we’re not allowed off campus for this coming week.  I’ve got enough food in my freezer to last about a month, if we can’t get to town.

All that being said, I believe in a God who desires peace.  All of my Kenyan friends desire a peaceful election.  All of the candidates are calling for peace, but . . .

Here’s a couple of news articles for you to take a look at.

Calm before the Kenyan election storm — BBC
Kenyan police flood streets as country braces for election violence — The Guardian
Kenyans braced for violence whoever wins election — Sky News

Pray for Kenya!!!!

Shalom,
Dan