n African Renaissance - Contextualising the campaign, voting and violence in the 2007 Kenyan elections : a review commentary

Volume 5 Number 3-4
  • ISSN : 1744-2532
  • E-ISSN: 2516-5305


This commentary is based on a review of five articles appearing in vol. 2, no. 2 (July 2008) of the Journal of Eastern African Studies. This volume of the journal is a special issue focusing on the December 2007 presidential election in Kenya and the violence that followed the proclamation of its results. The articles appearing therein deal with a range of issues, from the political and socio-economic contexts of the elections to the violence that ensued it, passing by the campaign and the actual process of voting. After some rigorous analysis and, in the case of some, drawing on their personal experience as actors or former actors, almost all the authors under review conclude that the elections were just a trigger for the violence that ensued and not the cause. The latter is attributed to some latent and/or unresolved structural deficiencies in the fabric and functioning of the post-colonial Kenyan state.

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