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I Can't Breathe

In May 2019, a damning report on state capture in Kenya was published by AfriCog. It concludes that Kenya is not a constitutional state as you might imagine. Tracing the plunder of the country by state elites through four administrations, Kenya is, in fact, "a vertically integrated criminal organization operating in the shadow of a constitutional state,” the report states. This Reflections series was commissioned to reflect on this state of affairs, as a kind of haze settles on the country and Kenyans seem dazed and paralysed in the wake of countless revelations of outright plunder that should have caused an outrage ages ago.