n African Renaissance - Kenya's convoluted transition and options for transitional justice

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


This article looks at the debate about transitional justice in Kenya, particularly in the context of violence that followed the proclamation of the results of the December 2007 presidential election and the historical injustices that led to this violence. It compares the case of Kenya to the transitional justice mechanisms that the authorities in post-apartheid South Africa devised to deal with the myriad injustices that that country experienced during the apartheid era. It concludes that policy choices that Kenyan authorities adopt to address this daunting issue ought to be contingent upon a number of factors, including the legacy of the country's history, the nature of the Kenyan transition and the socio-economic and political resources at the disposal of the authorities in Nairobi.

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