Thousands of Shona people in Kenya will vote in elections in the East African country for the first time this Tuesday, 9 August 2022.
The Shona community of Kenya were not allowed to vote in previous elections as they had not been granted full citizenship.
President Uhuru Kenyatta recently approved the Shona people and gave them full Kenyan citizenship to allow them to vote.
More than 22 million Kenyans are registered to vote today in a tightly contested presidential election as Deputy President William Ruto faces veteran opposition politician Raila Odinga.
Ruto who is deputised by Mathira MP Rigathi Gachagua is contesting the presidency for the first time.
Odinga, who chose Martha Karua of the Azimio la Umoja coalition as his running mate, is contesting for the highest office for the fifth time after unsuccessful attempts in 1997, 2007, 2013 and 2017.
Other candidates in the race to State House are Roots party candidate George Wajackoyah and running mate Justina Wambui and David Mwaure Waihiga deputised by Ruth Mucheru on the Agano Party ticket.
340 candidates have been cleared to contest for 47 Senate seats, with 266 seeking gubernatorial positions in the 47 counties, and another 359 eyeing the 47 Woman Representative seats in the National Assembly.
Outgoing President Kenyatta, who is concluding his second and final term, is backing Odinga, rather than his deputy, Ruto.