Kenya in 2013: the Elections, the Constitution and the Jubilee Government – lessons from the first 6 months

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Invitation

ASC Africa Today seminar
Kenya in 2013: the Elections, the Constitution and the Jubilee Government – lessons from the first 6 months
14 November, 15.30-17.00

by Charles Hornsby
The talk will examine the 2013 Kenyan general elections in the context of previous since polls, and will present (so far unpublished) comparative analysis of five of the six simultaneous elections, and what they tell us about the viability of the results and about the underlying basis of support for the Jubilee coalition (i.e. “why Uhuru won”). It will then look at events since April, focussing on devolution, the new “non-political” ministerial structure and the ICC. It will also examine how the results of the election remain contested and how those doubts are played back into the political sphere both domestically and via international opinion.

Charles Hornsby completed his D.Phil. on Kenyan politics at St Antony’s College, Oxford, and has since combined a professional career in information technology with a deep engagement with Kenya. He has published several articles on Kenyan politics, co-authored with David Throup the influential Multi-Party Politics in Kenya (1998) and in 2011 published Kenya: A History Since Independence, a political and economic history which has been serialised extensively and well received in Kenya. He has been a journalist or election observer during most of Kenya’s recent elections and lived and worked in Ghana in 1995-8, Kenya in 1999-2001, The Netherlands in 2005-8 and Malaysia in 2008-11.

For more details and registration, see our website.

Location: Room 1A09 (1st floor), Pieter de la Court building, Faculty of Social Sciences, Wassenaarseweg 52, Leiden, a 10-minute walk from Leiden CS

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