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Kenyan in Sweden: My best friend and I are on opposite sides of the election

Published onsdag 9 augusti 2017 kl 16.50
Former Lund student: There might be violence, but this is not like 2007
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Demonstations have broken out in the Mathare slums.
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Demonstations have broken out in the Mathare slums. Credit: LUIS TATO
Tony Omondi
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Tony Omondi Credit: Private

Fears of post-election violence are growing in Kenya, after the opposition presidential candidate Raila Odinga rejected the provisional results. But Kenyans living in Sweden are friends across political and ethnic divides, says Tony Omondi, who recently finished his studies at Lund University.

“Kenyans in Lund don’t have the tribal problem so much because of education,” Omondi told Radio Sweden. “But you still find it here and there.”

Omondi is currently in Nairobi and working for Odinga’s campaign. But his best Kenyan friend in Sweden is a Kikuyu who supports the incumbent, President Uhuru Kenyatta.

This election was not fought on overt ethnic divides like the election of 2007 with its violent aftermath, Omondi claims. He said that the central issues such as corruption and a high cost of living have also featured heavily.

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