In principle, political debates should showcase an aspiring leader’s vision. It’s a lofty goal given their current format in Kenya.
The plan to replace Museveni with his son has dramatically shifted from rumour to reality in recent months.
The country’s courts have already exhibited a significant level of maturity in rulings touching on the executive.
Kibaki’s goals were to expand access to education, and to make universities more efficient and self-sustaining.
Odinga is considered a master strategist, sometimes populist and excellent mobiliser.
Opinion polls, not all credible, have placed Ruto in pole position for the August elections - but the political ground could shift before then.
Elites have strong incentives to foment violence. The way they speak about election issues in the media can inflame tensions.
For the ICC, the case against Paul Gicheru represents the possibility for the court to clock a win where so far it has only suffered losses.
Twitter will be part of many Kenyan candidates’ campaign activities ahead of the August 2022 elections.
Constitutional amendments sought to make it easy for Kenyatta and Odinga to craft a broad tribal coalition against the deputy president.
The purpose of a constitutional dismemberment is to unmake and remake the constitution.
The changes proposed by the initiative are were well-addressed in the country’s 2010 Constitution.
Our findings suggest that it is time to take Kenyan youth seriously as politically important actors.
Social media reach is greatest among younger voters, who have integrated online platforms more closely into their personal lives.
Far from the myth of the omnipotent father of the nation, big man or dictator, the Kenyan presidential system was built on divisions and uncertainty.
For democracy to work in Kenya the country needs good leadership. Politicians must uphold the constitution to infuse trust and confidence in state institutions.
The Building Bridges Initiative is best understood by recognising that Kenyan politics is fundamentally shaped by competition between political elites and their ethnic groups.
Even in the most tense and dangerous of moments, the elite has found a way to come back together.
Moi’s financial generosity, skills in the vernacular, frequent tours of the countryside, and excellent memory for names and faces kept him popular with many.
Some areas of concern remain. These include the mobilisation of local resources, reduction of the fiscal deficit and stabilisation of the national debt.