Kenya election 2017: This time round there’s not one flashpoint for potential violence – there are 47

Kenya election 2017: This time round there’s not one flashpoint for potential violence – there are 47

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Signal Risk, a crisis and risk-management company working across the African continent, has identified 19 of the 47 governor seats where conditions are particularly ripe for violence. They include Nairobi and parts of the Rift Valley, where most of the fighting was concentrated in 2007, but also seats in the drought-afflicted northwest like Turkana, which has experienced a huge spike in public spending since devolution was enacted.

Ryan Cummings, the director of Signal Risk, agrees that the shift to a more decentralised system has “increased the propensity for violence on a county level”.

But the threat of clashes between supporters of Mr Kenyatta’s Jubilee Party and Mr Odinga’s National Super Alliance (Nasa) has not completely gone away either, he says – particularly if there is any hint of election corruption.

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