Last Friday night, nine people were beheaded in a village in the Kenyan coastal county of Lamu, in the latest of a slew of attacks allegedly carried out by jihadist militants.
The 2017 presidential poll is likely to be the final duel between the Kenyatta and Odinga dynasties. The two families have dominated Kenyan politics for more than half a century.
Kenya is the transport and commercial hub of East Africa, so a protracted crisis would result in significant disruptions further afield.
Kenya’s regulator has announced plans to closely monitor social media activity ahead of the August 2017 election. In 2007 incitement led to the killing of over 1,000