As the August 2022 elections approach, we suggest that not only will they be relatively peaceful but also that Kenya’s history of large-scale political violence may be a thing of the past.
Pastoralists and other marginalized communities need to closely scrutinize the politics and programmes of the election candidates that are after their vote.
We are entering that season of political recklessness that is expressed in the language of violence against the background of a merger uniting two formerly implacable political foes.
This is the first of a series of articles that will review and comment on surveys related to the August 2022 general election, providing analytical tools to enable readers to assess their credibility and potential impact.
In most counties, the leading alliance is now pretty clear to all but diehard supporters. The result of the August 2022 presidential race will be determined by the size of the winner’s majority, so turnout will play a huge role in the outcome.
Kenyans are going into an election believing in nothing, standing for nothing. The leading political formations are born of each other, the result of many profound compromises, and this in part explains the blankness.
President Uhuru Kenyatta retreated to Sagana State Lodge for the fourth time in February to explain the rift with his deputy William Ruto. The Sagana meetings have elicited mixed and jaundiced feelings from Kenyans. Kenyatta has lamented that Ruto is “too risky for the country,” but when did Kenyatta realise Ruto was dangerous for the country? What did he do about it? Apart from endless lamentations?
Outgoing Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta turns 61 in October. In Africa, 60 years of age, in presidential terms, is considered to be a toddler – in a continent where presidents have been known to collapse in office. As competition intensifies ahead of Kenya’s next watershed elections on August 9th, Kenyans continue to speculate on Pres Kenyatta’s election gambit and political future.
The young people are central to how the current election will shape up. Their contribution as voters, aspirants, citizens, policymakers and experts makes them a central cog in our electoral machinery. But how has the current crop of leaders approached the youth issue, especially the urban youth voter? The Elephant talks to youth mobilizer, Mr Rasat.
National politics used to mean a relentless insistence on Kenyan unity as a counter to ethnic politics but now Kenya has a politics of nations that revolves around particular claims by communities.
The electoral commission’s bid to have the diaspora vote in the 9 August 2022 elections is facing headwinds as voter registration fails to kick off on time.
Kenyans’ collective trauma has been exacerbated by a culture of violence, greed, betrayal and impunity.