The plunging of Kenya, until recently a centre of stability and
growth in East Africa, into political and economic uncertainty
following the general election of December 2007 is regarded as a
major cause for global and African concern. It is widely accepted
that the elections were deeply flawed, and that there was electoral
malfeasance by all the major players. President Kibaki's rapid
declaration of victory in the face of a heavily disputed election
and his determination to hold on to the levers of state power
precipitated a deadly crisis, communal violence and economic
decline. A power-sharing deal between Kibaki and Opposition leader,
Raila Odinga signed in February seems to be holding, but Kenya
ranks among the worlds? growing number of democracies at-risk.
This book takes a new look at the 2007 election, the
post-election crisis, the underlying interaction of ethnicity,
class and political power; forced displacement, the role of
international forces; and the country's power-sharing arrangement.
The study will draw upon the expertise of a variety of leading
experts on Kenya, and will be edited by Peter Kagwanja and Roger
Southall. The overall project was based on a workshop in Nairobi on
6-7 December 2008.
This book was published as a special issue of the Journal of
Contemporary African Studies.
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