Kenya goes to polls

Long queues are forming in Kenya as voters wait to cast their ballots in a hotly contested election that pits incumbent President Uhuru Kenyatta against the nation’s former prime minister.

“I have been here for around two hours,” one man standing in line at a polling booth in Busia County on the border with Uganda told CNN affiliate NTV. “I came at six in the morning to exercise my democratic right and bring change to this country.”
Raila Odinga, who’s running for president for the fourth time, served as prime minister between 2008 and 2013. As the candidate for the National Super Alliance party, he is one of eight presidential candidates and the incumbent’s main challenger.
Kenyatta, who leads the Jubilee Alliance and is seeking a second five-year term, is the nation’s youngest president at 55. If he loses, he’ll make history as the only incumbent Kenyan president not to win re-election.


Women activists are challenging presidential candidates not to shun the presidential television live debate. Addressing the media this morning at UWONET offices in Ntinda , thewomen activists including Irene Ovong  Odida from FIDA Uganda and Ritah Aciro  from Uganda women net work  said that it is an opportunity especially for the incumbent president to explain what they intend to do for the people.

The women’s call follows reports that NRM presidential candidate Yoweri Museveni will not participate in the debate due because of his busy campaign schedule. The Uganda presidential debate set for January 15, 2016 at Kampala Serena Hotel will be Live on  NTV.

The women also lighted 8 candles for the eight presidential candidates as a symbol for peace and demanded all the candidates to keep peace during campaigns, elections and after since women and children suffer more in case of insecurity.

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