1. Kenya Election 2017: The Perspectives from Mombasa
  2. What does it take to be a Member of Parliament in Kenya: Perspectives from Hon. Timothy Wanyonyi
  3. Talking Africa Interview with Prof Abdoulaye Bathily
  4. Book Launch: Theory of ISIS Political Violence and the Transformation of the Global Order
  5. First black woman professor at King’s College delivers inaugural lecture by Desmond Davies, GNA
  6. The Transformational Leadership of Late Nobel Laureate Wangari Maathai
  7. Leadership and “Conversation” in Dialogue: Securing Peace in the Unromantic Contex
  8. New study analyses knowledge production on peace and security in Africa
  9. The Role of Mutuality in Leadership
  10. Gendered Differences in Leadership Styles
  11. The Contributions of Youth-led organizations to peace processes in Somalia
  12. Transitional Justice Mechanisms in Gambia
  13. Liberation Movements in Power: are they an obstacle to political transitions in Africa?
  14. Extractive Industry in Nigeria and the role of Leadership in natural resource governance
  15. Role of Research in Informing Government Policies
  16. Politics of evidence and policy-making in African states
  17. Corruption, Elections and Leadership Transition in Liberia
  18. Mark Simpson on Black History Studies and African Civilisations
  19. Role and influence of the military in Zimbabwe
  20. Role and influence of foreign actors in recent events in Zimbabwe
  21. Indifferent? Response of African Union on recent events in Zimbabwe
  22. Did governance of natural resources influence recent events in Zimbabwe?
  23. Special Magazine Edition on Kenya Elections
  24. Discussion on Supreme Court nullification of Presidential Elections Results in Kenya
  25. Kenyans ready to make their choice
  26. Kenya Election 2017 Perspectives from Kirinyaga County
  27. Hassan Abdille on Youth Vulnerability and Radicalization in Mombasa County
  28. Sureya Roble on Women and Radicalization in Mombasa County
  29. Jennifer Salahub on Safe and Inclusive Cities in Africa and the Developing World
  30. Setback for South Africa’s ICC withdrawal plan
  31. No winner of 2016 African Leadership Prize
  32. Pay bad African leaders to leave power – Obasanjo
  33. Obasanjo’s antidote to military coups in Nigeria
  34. Renewable energy companies accused of violating people’s rights
  35. Caroline Moser on Gender transformation in cities
  36. Mutuma Ruteere on Security, Violence and Racism
  37. Setback for South Africa’s ICC withdrawal plan
  38. The Gambia withdraws notice to leave the ICC
  39. Protests, Migration and Far-right Movements: African and European Insecurities?
  40. Kenya’s candidate for AUC Chairperson focuses on continent’s youth
  41. How has Obama’s Power Africa legacy fared? – Desmond Davies
  42. Conversations, Contestations and Coincidences: Brexit, Trumphalism and African dynamics
  43. Overly Optimistic? The Pulse on Africa’s Changing Economies and Demography
  44. Lecture on Peacebuilding, Leadership and Democratic Consolidation in Africa
  45. Situation of victims in systems of practice for dealing with gross human rights abuses
Thu, Oct 18, 2018
  1. Kenya Election 2017: The Perspectives from Mombasa
  2. What does it take to be a Member of Parliament in Kenya: Perspectives from Hon. Timothy Wanyonyi
  3. Talking Africa Interview with Prof Abdoulaye Bathily
  4. Book Launch: Theory of ISIS Political Violence and the Transformation of the Global Order
  5. First black woman professor at King’s College delivers inaugural lecture by Desmond Davies, GNA
  6. The Transformational Leadership of Late Nobel Laureate Wangari Maathai
  7. Leadership and “Conversation” in Dialogue: Securing Peace in the Unromantic Contex
  8. New study analyses knowledge production on peace and security in Africa
  9. The Role of Mutuality in Leadership
  10. Gendered Differences in Leadership Styles
  11. The Contributions of Youth-led organizations to peace processes in Somalia
  12. Transitional Justice Mechanisms in Gambia
  13. Liberation Movements in Power: are they an obstacle to political transitions in Africa?
  14. Extractive Industry in Nigeria and the role of Leadership in natural resource governance
  15. Role of Research in Informing Government Policies
  16. Politics of evidence and policy-making in African states
  17. Corruption, Elections and Leadership Transition in Liberia
  18. Mark Simpson on Black History Studies and African Civilisations
  19. Role and influence of the military in Zimbabwe
  20. Role and influence of foreign actors in recent events in Zimbabwe
  21. Indifferent? Response of African Union on recent events in Zimbabwe
  22. Did governance of natural resources influence recent events in Zimbabwe?
  23. Special Magazine Edition on Kenya Elections
  24. Discussion on Supreme Court nullification of Presidential Elections Results in Kenya
  25. Kenyans ready to make their choice
  26. Kenya Election 2017 Perspectives from Kirinyaga County
  27. Hassan Abdille on Youth Vulnerability and Radicalization in Mombasa County
  28. Sureya Roble on Women and Radicalization in Mombasa County
  29. Jennifer Salahub on Safe and Inclusive Cities in Africa and the Developing World
  30. Setback for South Africa’s ICC withdrawal plan
  31. No winner of 2016 African Leadership Prize
  32. Pay bad African leaders to leave power – Obasanjo
  33. Obasanjo’s antidote to military coups in Nigeria
  34. Renewable energy companies accused of violating people’s rights
  35. Caroline Moser on Gender transformation in cities
  36. Mutuma Ruteere on Security, Violence and Racism
  37. Setback for South Africa’s ICC withdrawal plan
  38. The Gambia withdraws notice to leave the ICC
  39. Protests, Migration and Far-right Movements: African and European Insecurities?
  40. Kenya’s candidate for AUC Chairperson focuses on continent’s youth
  41. How has Obama’s Power Africa legacy fared? – Desmond Davies
  42. Conversations, Contestations and Coincidences: Brexit, Trumphalism and African dynamics
  43. Overly Optimistic? The Pulse on Africa’s Changing Economies and Demography
  44. Lecture on Peacebuilding, Leadership and Democratic Consolidation in Africa
  45. Situation of victims in systems of practice for dealing with gross human rights abuses

A TOTAL of 12,000 local and international observers have been deployed in Kenya to witness elections for president, parliament and regional governments on August 8. Ghana’s former President, John Mahama, who lost power last December, is heading a 15-member Commonwealth Observer Group, while the ex-President of South Africa, Thabo Mbeki, is leading the 104-member African Union Observer Mission. There are other observer groups from Europe and North America.

The battle for the presidency is between two scions of the leading figures in Kenya’s independence struggle: Uhuru Kenyatta, 55, son of Jomo Kenyatta, the country’s first leader, and Raila Odinga, 72, son of Oginga Odinga, Kenya’s first Vice-President. Kenyatta, representing the Jubilee Party, is seeking a second five-year term with his Vice-President, William Ruto.

Odinga and his running mate, Kalonzo Musyoka, are representing the opposition coalition, the National Super Alliance (NASA), in a presidential contest that features eight candidates.

Kenyans are wary about the outcome of the elections, given that they have had to endure two turbulent polls. In 2007, post-election violence left 1,300 dead and in 2013 technical failures caused a massive disruption in voter registration that led to opposition politicians disputing the results in the Supreme Court that gave Kenyatta victory for the first time.

Now, according to the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC), sophisticated technology is in place to ensure that the results are not compromised so that the outcome is perceived to be transparent. Transparency is the buzzword among Kenyans who argue that if there are no grey areas in the voting and announcement of the results, their leaders should accept the verdict from the IEBC.

But on August 1 there was a major setback for the electoral process when Chris Msando, who was in the charge of the IEBC’s IT system was found murdered. Before his death he had assured Kenyans that the system could not be interfered with.

Msando’s murder raised the stakes, as people started expressing fears that violence could erupt if politicians cast doubt on the outcome of the elections. But the IEBC is saying that it is on top of things.

Nevertheless, days before the poll people were stocking up essential supplies and others moving from urban centres to rural areas apparently to avoid violence, although this could also be explained by the fact that most voters are registered in their rural communities and were going home to cast their ballot.

But the security authorities have assured Kenyans that they should not worry about post-election violence. They said security preparations had been in place for the past 18 months.

Interior Affairs Principal Secretary Karanja Kibicho said of the preparations by the security agencies: “They looked at scenarios and situations and have conducted joint training and simulated a number of situations in case of violence.” The National Police Service announced that 150,000 police officers have been deployed on the ground to ensure security.

The Western media narrative of the campaign is the usual simplistic one of “tribalism” that they employ in their coverage of politics throughout Africa. But there are more burning socio-economic issues that Kenyans want to see addressed by politicians.

The push is coming from young people who have been used regularly by politicians during elections, only to be dumped after they get to power. Young Kenyans are beginning to realise that they have to ensure that the present remains stable for their own future’s sake, some told the ALC Radio (Listen to Kenya Election Perspectives from Kirinyaga County).

The politicians have been talking to this constituency, which is the largest in the country. In a last message to the electorate, President Kenyatta said: “…too many Kenyans are still struggling and there is much work to be done. Many of our youth who study and work hard can’t find jobs; high food prices still leave many families hungry and our manufacturing sector has not yet delivered enough new jobs and higher wages. I am determined to finish the job we started to improve the lives of every one of our brothers and sisters.”

President Kenyatta promised that over the next five years his administration would create 6.5 million jobs, especially for young people. “We will continue to invest in infrastructure, education and training, small enterprises and a 21st century high-tech economy that will drive prosperity and job creation for all,” he said.

In his final election pitch, Mr. Odinga said that he and his colleagues in the NASA coalition “will focus on what really matters”. He added: “We plan to create a ladder that every Kenyan can climb in prosperity and success. We will aid small-scale farmers to raise incomes and crop yields and bring prices down. We will pay doctors and nurses what they deserve. And we will remove all manner of fees for our schoolchildren in September.”

Mr. Odinga debunked the “Us versus Them” narrative, saying: “Our country is not divided by age, gender or language. Some would say we are divided by tribe. I don’t believe it.”

He pointed to the 2002 victory by the opposition National Rainbow Alliance and the 2010 constitutional referendum. “Kenyans voted overwhelmingly without thought to tribe,” Odinga said. “Instead, the division in our country is [among] a small corrupt elite.”

Kenyans, this time round, appear to realise that their destiny is in their hands. One told the ALC website: “Now we are all human resources managers and we are the ones who will decide which politicians get jobs and those who don’t.”

By Desmond Davies in Nairobi

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