Ugandans in Kenya return home ahead of presidential polls 

KAMPALA, Aug. 7 (Xinhua) — Some Ugandans working and living in neighboring Kenya have returned home fearing that election violence may erupt after Tuesday‘s presidential polls.

Kenya will go to the polls on Tuesday to elect a new leader. Rtd. Col. Shaban Bantariza, the Ugandan deputy government spokesperson told Xinhua by telephone on Monday that the Ugandans leaving Kenya are fearing a repeat of the 2007-2008 post-election violence, which left an estimated 1,000 Kenyans dead while an additional 600,000 were internally displaced. “Election time has low economic activity especially when people are not sure of what might happen. So some Ugandans come back home for a bit of off duty to touch base with their families at home, before they go back for the next business boom activity,” said Bantariza. The 2007-2008 Kenyan post-election crisis erupted after former president Mwai Kibaki was declared the winner of the presidential polls held in December 2007, forcing opposition supporters to stage violent protests.