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>> The President calls the Chief Justice a cheat. A lawmaker says the head of the opposition needs a whipping. The opposition leader accuses the president of making a public speech while drunk. After Kenya's election result was nullified last Friday over doubts about the validity of the poll, all gloves have come off.
While the Supreme Court has scheduled a new election for October 17th, incumbent President Uhuru Kenyatta and challenger Raila Odinga have barely stopped attacking each other. Reuters' Catherine Harold explains why the mud slinging could be dangerous.>> The head of the government run body that tracks hate speech said that they've received 273 complaints in the last week.
To put that in perspective, that's more than three times as many as they got during the whole ten week campaign period leading up to the elections. A lot of people welcomed the ruling, saying that it might eventually restore confidence in Kenya's battered public institutions. But some worry that it might open the door to political instability and the kind of protests that eventually lead to ethnic violence in 2007.
When more than 1200 people were killed following dispute of presidential polls.>> Last Friday's decision, the first of its kind in Africa, was welcomed by many as a sign of independence from Kenya's judiciary. Official election results gave Kenyatta victory by 1.4 million votes but the court ordered the poll to be rerun because they said there were irregularities in the conduct of the election board.
That has upset many and not just politicians.>> The ruling is certainly laid bare fault lines within Kenya among those who think the election shouldn't have been canceled. And the President won fairly and Odinga's supporters who feel marginalized and locked out of politics and power for decades.>> Despite being prone to occasional unrest, Kenya is viewed as an anchor of stability in the region.
It's seized Africa's richest country per capita and has avoided the civil wars that for decades plagued neighbors such as Somalia, South Sudan, and Uganda.