Kenya's presidential debates plagued by half-answers and veiled attacks

If the encounters were meant to encourage voting along policy or ideological lines instead of ethnic allegiances, they failed

Tuesday 26 February 2013 08.07 EST

Standing in Nairobi's Uhuru Park on Sunday, six of Kenya's eight presidential candidates joined hands to pray for peace in front of a crowd of thousands. With the 2007 vote descending into ethnic violence in which 1,133 people were killed and more than 350,000 displaced, peace has been a running theme in the lead-up to the 4 March presidential election. In Uhuru Park, preacher David Owuor had the candidates vowing that 2013 would be different and swearing oaths, as though marrying non-violence.

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