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August 08, 2017 | Uhuruspirit

Former U.S. President Barack Obama during his official visit to Kenya in 2015.

Former U.S. President Barack Obama on Monday called for peaceful elections in Kenya.

The former president, whose father was born in Kenya, said there has been “too much incitement and appeals based on fear from all sides” and that the Kenyan people “will be the losers if there is a descent into violence.”

“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,” he added in a statement.

Kenyans are voting on Tuesday in a tight election that pits the incumbent President Uhuru Kenyatta against longtime opposition leader Raila Odinga.

A decade ago, Kenya was rocked by violence in the aftermath of its disputed presidential election. More than 1,000 people were killed and hundreds of thousands were driven from their homes.

“The choices you make in the coming days can either set Kenya back or bring it together,” Obama said. “As a friend of the Kenyan people, I urge you to work for a future defined not by fear and division, but by unity and hope.”

Fears of widespread violence have been stoked by last month’s brutal murder of a senior Kenyan election commission official and many other violent incidents, as well as concerns about fraud and voter-machine failure.

Obama is taking an interest in his father's home country as part of his post-White House agenda.

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