On Tuesday, Kenya celebrated 54 years of Independence. In Kasarani the President addressed a near-empty stadium while his political rival whipped up a media frenzy by planning, and then cancelling, a fake inauguration to swear himself in as President, in protest at the election results. In short, Jamhuri Day was a fitting conclusion to Kenya’s 2017 Election: baffling and frustrating in equal measure, but also quietly unsettling. Let us start with the bizarre side-show of the
We held our first event with guest speakers to discuss the trajectory of the Kenyan Elections on Friday. A fantastic and insightful discussion was had, and Msomi would like to extend very warm thanks to all of our speakers. We hope to see you all at the next one. You can sign up to our mailing list by clicking on the header at the top of the page if you would like to be kept in the loop. #KEDecides #Kenya #Politics #Events
The last fortnight’s events spell trouble for Kenya in what is becoming an increasingly arduous and tangled election saga. On 26th September, Jubilee MPs declared their intent to change electoral laws in time for the re-run. There were a number of major changes, which sparked resistance in the Opposition and contributed to the withdrawal of Odinga from the race, declared last week. The first request was to broaden the selection of people permitted to swear in a new President.