n African Journal of Democracy and Governance - Presidential or Parliamentary Democracy in Kenya : Choices to be Made, P.A. Nyong’o - book review

Volume 6 Number 2-3
  • ISSN : 2313-6529


P.A. Nyong’o is an author of many books including the current one under review. He is both a political analyst and practitioner in his own right, having taught in the University of Nairobi for many years and having actively participated in the democratization process, leading to the transition from single party dictatorship to multi-party democracy in Kenya. He held cabinet portfolios in the previous regimes as Minister for Planning and Minister for Health. He is the incumbent Governor of Kisumu County. The author unmasks the linkages between parliamentary and presidential democracy and their impacts on good governance, rule of law, human rights and development. With examples from many countries, Nyong’o paints a convincing comparative and critical analysis of presidential and parliamentary systems of government with preference for the latter. He empirically pitches sound and evidence-based merits of parliamentary political system as the preferred choice for Kenya. Through a collection of his own essays and triangulation of findings from scholarly articles of his contemporaries, he crystalizes the merits of parliamentary democracy vis-à-vis presidential system in an ethicized, plural and multi-cultural society like Kenya.

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