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Lobbies warn of violence in 24 counties

Wednesday May 2 2012

By NATION REPORTER

Lobby groups have identified 24 counties as potential hotspots ahead of the General Election.

In a report launched on Wedneday, the groups identified the areas as Marsabit, Isiolo, Mandera, Wajir, Narok, Garissa, Tana River, Mombasa, Kwale and Kilifi.

The others are Nairobi, Trans Nzoia, Nyamira, Migori, Bomet, Kiambu, Uasin Gishu, Turkana, West Pokot, Laikipia, Nakuru, Kisumu, Bungoma and Kirinyaga.

The report on conflict mapping and profiles of 47 counties in Kenya, however, urges Kenyans to remain vigilant to avert a repeat of what happened after the 2007 polls.

Adequate monitoring

It was prepared by the Constitution and Reform Education Consortium (Creco) and the Elections Observation Group (Elog).

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While releasing the report, the lobby groups expressed concern that only four counties — Embu, Machakos, Vihiga and Siaya — were low-risk areas. The remaining 19 were medium-risk areas.

“It is sad that at least 80 per cent of all counties have the potential for violence. They need adequate monitoring,” said Ms Regina Opondo of Creco.