Everybody spoke of the need for peace. Following the 2007 elections, bloody violence rocked the country, largely along tribal lines between followers of the two main candidates, incumbent president Mwai Kibaki and his opposition Raila Odinga. n 2013, Uhuru Kenyatta, son of Kenya's first post-independence president, Jomo Kenyatta, would face Raila Odinga for the presidency. Uhuru and his running mate, William Ruto, are both indicted by the International Criminal Court for their alleged role in the 2007/8 post-election violence.
"Never again" was plastered across the front-page of one of Kenya's main daily newspapers. Political leaders, civil society and the populations in the worst affected areas from the post-election violence were adamant that history would not repeat itself. And it didn't.
Despite huge delays in vote tallying, allegations of inaccuracies presented by the electoral commission, and a petition by Odinga's party to nullify the results, Uhuru Kenyatta emerged as president without any major civil unrest.