Mbeki: Kenyans learnt from their painful history

Thabo Mbeki visits the country as Kenyans are due to go to the polls but the killing of a top electoral official has sparked fears of violence.

FILE: Former South African President Thabo Mbeki. Picture: Facebook

NAIROBI - Former President Thabo Mbeki is in Kenya ahead of the country's general elections.

Kenyans are due to go to the polls on Tuesday but the killing of a top electoral official has sparked fears of violence.

Mbeki says Kenyans have learnt from their own painful history.

Mbeki has briefed 90 short term African Union observers there ahead of their deployment to 47 counties across Kenya.

Opposition parties have raised concerns around election rigging and the assassination of an elector official.

Mbeki told observers to immediately report any wrongdoing.

“Surely, we can't observe something going wrong, when you notice it, say this is wrong. Please don't do it because it is going to impact negatively on the elections.”

Mbeki says Kenyans have learnt from the outbreak of post-election violence in 2008 and they're hoping these polls will be peaceful.