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Kenyan police must guard against using excessive force during elections:An ominous cloud hangs over this week’s elections. Fearing a repeat of the violence that followed the 2007 election, police are poised to break up protests and have pinpointed what they are calling violence ‘hotspots’.

Some incidents of violence already occurred during the campaign period.

Supporters of rival governorship candidates clashed in the western city of Eldoret on 19 July, leaving five people injured, as well as in Marsabit in northern Kenya on 26 July, where four people were injured.

Presumably the Inspector General of Police Joseph Boinnet had electoral violence in mind when he authorized the purchase of anti-riot equipment, including armored personnel carriers, tear gas and 36 water cannons, for use around the

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Kenyan police must guard against using excessive force during elections:An ominous cloud hangs over this week’s elections. Fearing a repeat of the violence that followed the 2007 election, police are poised to break up protests and have pinpointed what they are calling violence ‘hotspots’.Some incidents of violence already occurred during the campaign period.Supporters of rival governorship candidates clashed in the western city of Eldoret on 19 July, leaving five people injured, as well as in Marsabit in northern Kenya on 26 July, where four people were injured.Presumably the Inspector General of Police Joseph Boinnet had electoral violence in mind when he authorized the purchase of anti-riot equipment, including armored personnel carriers, tear gas and 36 water cannons, for use around the Kenyan police must guard against using excessive force during elections:An ominous cloud hangs over this week’s elections. Fearing a repeat of the violence that followed the 2007 election, police are poised to break up protests and have pinpointed what they are calling violence ‘hotspots’.Some incidents of violence already occurred during the campaign period.Supporters of rival governorship candidate