Ethnic divisions behind the 2007 bloodletting still disfigure Kenya’s politics. The young generation – and a vibrant economy and civil society – point to a new way

• Murithi Mutiga is senior Kenya analyst for the International Crisis Group, a conflict-prevention organisation

The killing of an election official shows why Kenya’s presidential and local elections are being closely watched in the region.

The country is one of Africa’s most open societies, and an important commercial centre. It has flourishing, independent media, and numerous foreign investors, including global tech giants, have set up shop in what is one of the continent’s leading hubs of technological innovation. But it also has a history of election-related violence – so many people are on edge as next Tuesday’s elections approach.

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