No matter who wins, however, we must resist the absorption of our struggles by the imperial sponge and pick up where we left off before the campaigns heated up. We must fight for the right to memory and to interpret our politics over the long term history, not over 5-year electoral cycles.
Political changes in Kenya in the last several years, elite hubris, and the COVID-19 pandemic have led to an imminent collapse of the feudal system that has sustained crony capitalism, misogyny and ethnic chauvinism. The Elephant in conversation with Dr Wandia Njoya and Dr Mordecai Ogada.
This is the fifth in a series of articles that will review and comment on surveys related to the August 2022 general election, providing analytical tools to enable the reader to assess their credibility and potential impact.
The cases at the Milimani Anticorruption Court provide few concrete answers amid claims that the investigations into the Arror and Kimwarer Dams projects are politically motivated to weaken Deputy President William Ruto who is running for the presidency.
Wherever there is violence, it seems Ruto’s name features. It began with the infamous YK’92. Then came Kiambaa and Ruto’s trip to The Hague. Soon, witnesses started disappearing or being found murdered. Ruto’s name keeps cropping up in other cases.
The IEBC delivered a flawed election marred by irregularities in 2017. As reports emerge of strange goings-on at the commission, what hope is there for a free and fair election in 2022?
The leadership is simply not investing in priority areas. The livestock sector, the main source of livelihood and the economic mainstay of the region remains highly underinvested.
Whoever between Raila Odinga and William Ruto takes the presidency of this country after 9/8 must find the moral courage to finally break with a colonial legacy that has relegated thousands of our co-citizens to a life of unending misery and despair.
Economic issues have taken centre stage in this campaign season, a shift in focus that should be celebrated even though both Azimio La Umoja and Kenya Kwanza are making promises they may not be able to afford to keep and will likely find it hard to deliver.
Electing members of parliament who understand and fully exercise their power can make for a law-making organ whose potency is incomparable to that of the executive.
As Kenyans vote they deserve full adherence to the Constitution by the IEBC. A clear picture from the IEBC and Smartmatic on the ownership, corporate structure, funding, and governance structure of Smartmatic were necessary for these constitutional thresholds to be met.