n African Renaissance - The failure of leaders and institutions s on the 2007 election malaise in Kenya

Volume 5, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 1744-2532
  • E-ISSN: 2516-5305


Kenya held historic elections on December 27, 2007, marking the fourth electoral exercise since the inauguration of the multiparty era in the early 1990s. These elections were momentous because of the significant voter-turnout, reflecting an abiding yearning for a better future through the ballot box. They also symbolized a learning process where, after three elections of varying competitiveness and openness, the electorate had started to be acclimatized to the perception that that it could make a decisive difference through the vote, whether in local parliamentary constituencies or at the presidential level. Yet the electoral outcome, mired in acrimony, mayhem, and ethnic violence seemed to nullify the political gains of the last 15 years and potentially set the country on the dangerous road to anarchy and state collapse. After a protracted mediation process by international actors starting in January 2008, the country pulled from the brink of disaster, but uncertainties abound about the solidity of the coalition arrangements undergirding the government of national unity inaugurated in early March 2008.

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