Kenya's televised presidential debate saw hopefuls play down fears of a repeat of the post-election tribal violence that erupted in 2007.
Have African leaders ever sat down to write down their visions (not just their parties') for the countries they govern, asks Percy Zvomuya.
Kenya's electoral commission has announced on Saturday that the country's next presidential elections will be on March 4 2013.
Two presidential hopefuls will be out of the race, stirring up the old ethnic divisions that plague the country.
Prominent Kenyans named by the ICC as masterminds of the 2007-2008 post-election violence proclaimed their innocence on Wednesday.
Kenya swore in a power-sharing government on Thursday to soothe fury over a disputed election that plunged the East African country into a bloody crisis. "Our people are now in the process of reconciliation," President Mwai Kibaki said at the ceremony, nearly four months after the December 27 poll that triggered extreme violence.
Kenya's political rivals are haggling over a settlement to the crisis sparked by disputed elections, but if the squabbling doesn't bear fruit, the ordinarily stable East African country risks being plunged into war, a Kenyan Nobel Peace Prize laureate warned on Thursday.
Councillor Joseph Chelelgo said no one should call it ethnic cleansing just because his town's Kikuyu population had been burned out of their homes. For a start, he claimed, houses were razed only after hundreds of Kikuyu left Mogotio, in the heart of Kenya's strife-torn Rift Valley, for reasons he could not fathom.
Kenya's opposition challenger, Raila Odinga, led on Saturday in the race to govern East Africa's largest economy but tempers flared over the slow pace of vote tallying in the incumbent's strongholds. In a third day of ballot counting, Odinga, heir of a wealthy nationalist hero, led President Mwai Kibaki.
Kenyan President Mwai Kibaki trailed his main rival on Friday in the race to lead East Africa's biggest economy for the next five years, according to early tallies by local media. Partial results from three main television stations all gave opposition challenger Raila Odinga a strong lead over his former ally.
Early forecasts showed Kenya's President Mwai Kibaki in a close fight on Friday with his main challenger after an election diplomats praised as smooth, despite sporadic violence and rigging claims by both sides. An exit poll gave Kibaki the lead, but partial tallies compiled by three local broadcasters put his rival, Raila Odinga, ahead in the race.
Kenyan police fired teargas to disperse stone-throwing supporters of the country's main presidential contenders on Monday after the candidates made a final push to win votes in a race deemed too close to call. Scuffles briefly flared shortly after President Mwai Kibaki and his opposition challenger, Raila Odinga, addressed huge rallies in the capital.