>> Killings in Kenya ahead of it's presidential election next week, sparking fear that the country could see a repeat of the violence that followed the 2007 vote. Reutersr Katherine Harold is in Ryobi.>> There's already been problems in Kenya over the elections. In the Northern region of Laikipia, the local MP has been charged with incitements, arson and ethnic hatred after he encouraged people to invade private ranches during a drought.
These people brought their cattle onto ranches and then used them as basis to attack the local communities. There's been a lot of deaths and more than a dozen civilians and at least 10 police, including six that were killed in a single ambush. The Kenyan military was sent to the region earlier this year but has failed to restore order, and some residents have said that they suspect the government ordered a soft response because they didn't want to alienate voters ahead of the elections.
>> And that's not all. In the last week alone, a man armed with a machete entered the Deputy President's home and in a separate incident authorities announced that a top election official had been found murdered. Chris Msando remains found bearing signs of torture. The unsolved case casting a shadow over electronic voting systems, some contend could be open to manipulation.
The US and Britain offering to help with the investigation with the opposition calling an official probe suspect.>> Incumbent president Uhuru Kenyatta is once again facing off against the veteran opposition leader Raila Odinga. In 2007 he called for street protests after tallying was abruptly stopped and the incumbent president was announced as the winner.
More than 1,200 people were killed in the violence that followed. In 2013 he took his complaints to the courts. And the elections were largely peaceful. Ultimately, it's Odinga who will decide the legitimacy of this election. Nothing that foreign observers say or even the election body itself will really matter to Odinga's observers.
>> Concerns are all the more higher now as Kenya is usually seen as a stabilizing force in the region. It's going to be a tense countdown to election Tuesday.