Njuguna Ndung'u has the experience that suits Ruto’s bottom-up economics but lacks the political gravitas to appease voters.
The ICC can still reopen cases against President William Ruto and his predecessor Uhuru Kenyatta if it lands solid evidence.
Kenya’s new president needs to forge closer ties with regional heavyweights to create a balance of power that favours his country.
Kenya’s new president campaigned on economic promises, but meeting them won’t be easy or instant.
In Kenya’s parliamentary system, lack of a clear party majority makes it hard for a president to deliver on election promises.
The relationship between the state and media soured just months into the Kenyatta regime.
The centrality of religion as a governing principle is a cause for concern, given the reversals of women’s rights seen globally.
Political interests have informed conservation policies in one of East Africa’s most important water towers, the Mau Forest Complex.
The most prominent economic legacy of Kenyatta’s government is runaway public debt.
When people fail to exercise their right to vote, it increases the likelihood of political extremism and the pursuit of narrow interests.
Research in Kenya finds victims or witnesses to violence are less likely to buy into anti-International Criminal Court political narratives.
Martha Karua’s selection as a deputy presidential candidate has helped put gender equality on the Kenyan election agenda.
That there is no clear favourite to win shows the campaigning has been relatively free and competitive.
Patronage politics, a history of violent conflict and high-stakes elections increase the risks of poll violence in Kenya.
Kenya’s ethnic-based politics often leads to electoral violence that hurts regional trade.
The economy has taken centre stage in Kenya’s 2022 elections, but political promises have fallen short of offering realistic solutions.
The presence of fringe presidential contenders is a marker of maturing democracies.
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.