• The Outlook for Kenyan Politics in 2019

    The Outlook for Kenyan Politics in 20190

    For Kenyans, 2018 begun on a knife edge. The final months of 2017 had been dominated by a dispute over the annulled August presidential election and the repeat in October. After President Uhuru Kenyatta was controversially sworn in for a second term in November, his rival, Raila Odinga promised to have a parallel inauguration ceremony,

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  • Kenya’s Anti-Corruption Crusade, Genuine Graft Purge or Political Duel?

    Kenya’s Anti-Corruption Crusade, Genuine Graft Purge or Political Duel?0

    For the first time in independent Kenya’s history, the country is seemingly tackling corruption in high places. Over the past few months, senior government officials who include Governors, Principal Secretaries and Parastatal CEOs have been arraigned in court to face corruption charges. Some of the senior officials and well placed businessmen are still being held

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  • ‘The Handshake’ – Kenya’s Sweet and Sour Political Deal

    ‘The Handshake’ – Kenya’s Sweet and Sour Political Deal0

    On 9th March 2018, history was re-written in Kenya. President Uhuru Kenyatta and hiss arch nemesis former Prime Minister and leader of the opposition coalition National Super Alliance (NASA), Mr. Raila Odinga stepped out of Kenyatta’s office and shook hands in front of local and international media. The handshake that is still the talk of

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  • Innocent Victim? Not Exactly

    Innocent Victim? Not Exactly0

    The last few weeks have been rather trying for Kenyan media. The government’s criminal overreaction to the mock swearing in of Raila Odinga did not end with the shut down of the three leading television stations for over a week. Even after they were allowed back on air, the Uhuru Kenyatta administration has continued to

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  • Kenya’s Future Increasingly Looks Like Its Past

    Kenya’s Future Increasingly Looks Like Its Past0

    In early 1965, after just a year of independence, Kenya’s first President, Jomo Kenyatta suspected Vice President Jaramogi Oginga Odinga was planning a coup against his government. Deep divisions within the ruling Kenya African National Union – between those wanting radical and populist change to the inherited colonial system and those who were intent on

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  • The 55-year Fight For Kenya

    The 55-year Fight For Kenya0

    Two elections in two months has not settled Kenya’s political crisis. But the impasse is not really about who will sit in State House. It’s a deeper question: it’s about who owns Kenya – its citizens or a historically entrenched political elite. President, Uhuru Kenyatta, won the second edition easily after his main opponent, Raila

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  • The “Independent Revolution” – Will it Save Kenya from Tribal Politics?

    The “Independent Revolution” – Will it Save Kenya from Tribal Politics?0

    Politics in Kenya has from late 70s been a game of ethnic numbers. This game was perfected by the advent of multiparty democracy in early 1990s when former President Daniel arap Moi allowed for the repeal of Section 2A of the then Kenyan Constitution. Political alignments since then have involved ethnic communities ganging up against

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  • Why the opposition may not be best suited to rescue Kenya from lootocracy

    Why the opposition may not be best suited to rescue Kenya from lootocracy1

    Kenyans are tired. Their country has been up for sale since the white man’s administration. They took the most fertile lands for themselves and literally robbed us of our natural resources. With the Mau Mau struggle, Kenyans hopped that they would regain their land, the most important means of production. Kenya’s first President, Jomo Kenyatta

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  • Kenya’s Crisis of Memory and Imagination

    Kenya’s Crisis of Memory and Imagination0

    Kenya today finds itself in the throes of a crisis. In the run up to next year’s scheduled general election, weekly opposition protests and the subsequent brutal crackdown, have deeply polarized the country and left at least three people dead and many others, including police officers, wounded. Though now suspended, a threat to restart the

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