The Socio-Cultural, Ethnic and Historic Foundations of Kenya’s Electoral Violence: Democracy on Fire

1st Edition

Stephen M. Magu

Published February 13, 2018
Reference - 164 Pages
ISBN 9780815350651 - CAT# K345805
Series: Routledge African Studies

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Kenya’s 2007 General Election results announcement precipitated the worst ethnic conflict in the country’s history; 1,133 people were killed, while 600,000 were internally displaced. Within 2 months, the incumbent and the challenger had agreed to a power-sharing agreement and a Government of National Unity.

This book investigates the role of socio-cultural origins of ethnic conflict during electoral periods in Kenya beginning with the multi-party era of democratization and the first multi-party elections of 1992, illustrating how ethnic groups construct their interests and cooperate (or fail to) based on shared traits. The author demonstrates that socio-cultural traditions have led to the collaboration (and frequent conflict) between the Kikuyu and Kalenjin that has dominated power and politics in independent Kenya. The author goes onto evaluate the possibility of peace for future elections.

This book will be of interest to scholars of African democracy, Kenyan history and politics, and ethnic conflict.

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