Former US President Barack Obama has emerged from the shadows to discuss the ongoing political situation in Kenya, his father’s home country.
Nearly 20 million Kenyan voters were scheduled to elect a new president for East Africa’s richest economy in a tight race on Tuesday, which pitted incumbent President Uhuru Kenyatta against his longtime rival, Raila Odinga.
Fears of electoral violence rose in late July, when the campaign for the hotly contested general election ended with the murder of a top election official.
“I urge Kenyan leaders to reject violence and incitement; respect the will of the people; urge security forces to act professionally and neutrally; and work together no matter the outcome,” Obama said in a statement, six month after leaving the White House.
“I urge all Kenyans to work for an election — and aftermath — that is peaceful and credible, reinforcing confidence in your new Constitution and the future of…