n Conflict Trends - Transition politics and the challenges of democracy in Kenya

Volume 2002 Number 4
  • ISSN : 1561-9818


The decision by the Kenya African National Union (KANU), to allow plural democracy into Kenya in December 1991, was celebrated throughout East Africa party authoritarianism had come to an end, and democracy (presumably) would flourish. Now, 10 years down the line, the euphoria that greeted the democratisation movement has ebbed, and disillusionment has set in among the Kenyan electorate. The change from a one-party to multi-party state has not translated into genuine democratic transition - the country has only realised democratic institutions without democracy.

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