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On 9 August 2022 Kenyans will once again get the chance to elect their political leaders, and thus, continue their collective effort at strengthening and deepening their democracy. The vote is expected to be the most tightly contested in Kenya’s recent history. At the centre of the general elections is the presidential race between William Ruto and Raila Odinga: the “hustlers vs. the dynasties”. In this webinar, the Wambui Wamunyu, George Ogola, Gabrielle Lynch and Kathleen Klaus provide an insightful analysis of the presidential candidates and their campaigns, map the party landscape, and describe how successful parties are in engaging Kenyans about the issues of the day. By doing so, they put the upcoming elections into the broader context of Kenyan politics, and show what is at stake for the future of the country. The discussion revolved around the following questions: 1. The (presidential) candidates and their message: Are the candidates in sync with what Kenyans want? 2. The campaign trail & the role of (social) media: Are citizens being presented with real alternatives? 3. Will the elections (not) be free and fair? 4. How might the outcome of the election change the direction of the country? For more information on the panellists and their work check out: — Political debates in Kenya, Wambui Wamunyu — Social media is being misused in Kenya’s political arena, George Ogola — Fears of election rigging might fuel further abuses, Gabrielle Lynch — Why do people participate in election violence?, Kathleen Klaus