Tag Archives: kenya

President Kenyatta’s battle over the Electoral Commission

Editor: Nic Cheeseman

Nic Cheeseman takes a look at the recent contestation over the Electoral Commission in Kenya, in which protesting citizens were brutally repressed by the police. Nic asks what the chances are for meaningful reform and what this tells us about Kenyatta’s personality as president. 

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Closing the camps: Kenya’s déjà-vu politics

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Hanno Brankamp explores refugee politics in Kenya. The government’s announced closure of its refugee camps is not just a worrying déjà-vu; it is driven by national politics and a renewed bid for more donor funding. While it seems highly unlikely that Kenya will actually close Dadaab, the government is likely to seek a diplomatic horse trade. Hanno is a DPhil […]

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Exclusive: Transcript of Head to Head with Odinga

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Democracy in Africa’s very own Nic Cheeseman was part of the panel that interviewed the former Kenyan Prime Minister, Raila Odinga, for Al Jazeera’s flagship political discussion programme, ‘Head to Head’, at the Oxford Union on 15 April 2016.  Mr Odinga, currently the country’s most high profile opposition leader, was Prime Minister under the power sharing […]

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Nothing compares to free speech

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In his regular column for the Daily Nation, our co-editor Nic Cheeseman writes about the importance of freedom speech: as a liberty to be defended in its own right and a means to better governance.

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Kenya: Thanking the Lord for power, control, and dropped charges at the ICC

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Following a recent thanksgiving ceremony to celebrate the ICC’s charges being dropped, Gregory Deacon explores the relationship between religion and politics in Kenya. Gregory is an independent researcher and adjunct assistant professor at Union College, New York. Pictures by Ruth Kenyah.

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What does it mean to be Kenyan?

Editor: Nic Cheeseman

The question of identity has always been both a sensitive and a complicated question, particularly in Kenya. Now, the thorny issue has been taken on by a recent exhibition that combines art and research to explore the topic.  In his regular column for the Daily Nation, Nic Cheeseman joins forces with Wambui Wamae to investigate.

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Somali Refugees and the Future of Human Rights

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Lucy Lowe fills our Fourth Day of Analysis with a blog for our ‘Politics of  (im)Mobility Series’. She explores the position of Somali refugees in Kenya, and argues that we need to return to the spirit of the refugee regime erected at the end of World War II, which was intended to protect rather than […]

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The Politics of Participation

Editor: Nic Cheeseman

Participation is now a constitutional necessity in Kenya, but how should the government approach this new inclusivity? Nic Cheeseman explore the issue, as part of his regular column for the Daily Nation. 

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How to make friends and influence people

Editor: Nic Cheeseman

In his regular column for the Daily Nation, Co-Editor Nic Cheeseman looks at how Kenya’s government can better capture the support and trust of its citizens, and what they can learn from the successes of Lagos, in Nigeria.

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Is devolution in Kenya sustainable?

Editor: Nic Cheeseman

Decentralisation has been a hot topic in Kenya for years, but are we asking the important questions? In his regular column for the Daily Nation, our Co-Editor Nic Cheeseman investigates.

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