President Kenyatta (left) and opposition leader Odinga. (Photo/EPA-EFE).

Kenyatta-Raila Famous Handshake Will Only Bring Real Change To Kenya If Promises Are Followed By Action

Following the Kenya polls last August, opposition leader Odinga successfully petitioned Kenyattas re-election, but then boycotted a fresh election in October on the basis that it would simply be stolen once again

Kenya's President Uhuru Kenyatta (r) and his deputy William Ruto (l) at a campaign rally in Aldai, North Rift in June 2017. (Photo/ Uhuru Kenyatta on Facebook)

Campaign Financing In Africa, Plus Kenya’s Strange Equilibrium Of Laws That Are Written, Then Promptly Trashed

Why does Kenya have a plethora of election laws that it expertly drafts, and then enthusiastically ignores? And why do some other countries have hardly anything on paper, but their practice is far above and beyond?

All elections are a transaction of sorts. Citizens trade their vote for certain outcomes that are important to them. (Photo/ Flickr/ Heinrich-Boll-Stiftung)

The Logic Of Buying Votes In Africa: What Works, What Doesn’t, And What It All Means

When vote buying is successful, it works mostly because it is a signaling mechanism and not really because of the cold, hard monetary value of the bribe

Election poster in Winneba, Ghana, in 2012. Elections matter, but not for the reason you may think; people actually distrust electoral institutions. (Photo/ Flickr/ Andrew Moore)

The Ideal African President: You Could Run Mad Trying To Figure Out What The People Want

Africans trust agencies of the executive branch (the presidency, army, and police) even more than the legislative branch (MPs and local councils). And they distrust electoral institutions most of all – so why have elections?

Queuing to vote in Kenya's last general election. In a survey, when asked to describe the political party they dislike the most, 59% said it was because that other party was tribal.

Kenya’s Tyranny Of Numbers: A Self-Fulfilling Prophecy If There Ever Was One

The data shows that although Kenyans downplay ethnicity when portraying themselves, ‘other’ Kenyans are the ones who are tribal. The result is that people tend to vote defensively in ethnic blocs.