Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta

President Uhuru Kenyatta yesterday urged Kenyans to maintain peace ahead of fresh presidential elections next week as one person was shot and wounded by police amid a rise in ethnic tensions in the capital.

A resident of Nairobi’s low income housing schemes said   tensions grew after a traditional ceremony was performed by members Kenyatta’s kikuyu community which some residents interpreted as a war ceremony.

Sheila Kariuki said supporters of opposition leader Raila Odinga went to the ceremony’s site and police shot them when an argument started.

President Kenyatta’s august re-election was nullified by the Supreme Court and a new election ordered.

Tensions have increased ahead of the fresh vote set for October 26 which Odinga is boycotting because he is demanding the reformation of the electoral commission.

-News24