See the chaotic scenes as Kenya elects new president
On the campaign trail, incumbent Uhuru Kenyatta is the darling of the international community.
The charismatic leader was welcomed by world leaders on his first international trip to London last year.
And he now has a new ally – and an enemy – in his rival to the left of Kenyatta, Raila Odinga.
As his election campaign has shown, Uhuru is no match.
And when it comes to the political class in his own country, he is not even in the top 10.
Here are six reasons why.
Uhuru is the new face of Kenyan power
As Kenya is gearing up to choose a new president for the 21st century, it’s vital to be reminded of the challenges that face not only the country, but also the entire region.
From climate change to a violent insurgency, an underfunded health sector and persistent poverty, Kenya is in desperate need of a new image of leadership.
It needs a leader as inspiring, confident, innovative and bold as Uhuru.
A new leader that can pull together the fragmented coalition that won the last election, and then deliver the economy and infrastructure it needs, as well as an inclusive society that cares for and respects all Kenyans.
The country’s people have shown again and again that they have voted for change – even if they were not happy to see the incumbent win.
But an emerging leadership in Africa’s most populous country, which is home to Africa’s richest economy in terms of GDP and job creation, is a challenge that has never been greater.
The country’s opposition in Kenya is so weak and divided that no political party has any political interest in helping to choose the next president.
So, as Kenya heads towards its sixth democratic elections, Uhuru Kenyatta has emerged as the leader with the most potential to help heal the divisions that have haunted