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Provincialising Democracy: Viewing the 2020 American Election through a Kenyan lens

‘On Friday 28th December, Odinga was leading by nearly 900,000 votes, with half the ballots counted. With parliamentary results suggesting he had swept the country, victory seemed assured. However, during Saturday, Kibaki clawed back his position. At midday, ECK reports suggested Odinga was 300,000 votes ahead of Kibaki. By 2 P.M the gap was downContinue reading “Provincialising Democracy: Viewing the 2020 American Election through a Kenyan lens”

Histories of the Hanged, Histories of the Living: Kenyatta’s Mashujaa Day Speech and the politics of Kenyan national unity

National politics always draws in historical debate, particularly when new identities are forged in the wake of major changes. Consider only how in the wake of Brexit populist appeals to nationalist unity against the continental foe were peppered with references to the ‘Dunkirk spirit’ and the Blitz. Histories and heritages are hereby consistently rewritten, inContinue reading “Histories of the Hanged, Histories of the Living: Kenyatta’s Mashujaa Day Speech and the politics of Kenyan national unity”


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