A supporter of the opposition leader Raila Odinga faces off against riot police officers during a protest in Nairobi. (Photo/Dai Kurokawa/EPA).

With Kenya’s History Of Political Violence, Will It Be Different This Time?: Colonialism, Vigilantes And Militias

THE Supreme Court decision on September 1 to nullify Kenya’s presidential August election and hold a new poll has reignited fears that the country could descend into violence. Kenya certainly has an extensive track record of political violence. This has generally been ethnically mobilised, stemming from grievances over land and exacerbated by vigilantes and militias deployed by politicians to garner …

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

Materials from the last presidential election in 2011. Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf is not up for re-election. (Photo/ Brittany Danisch)

After Somalia’s Vote, Here Are Africa’s Other Elections In 2017: Some Are Going To Be Dicey

Angola, Liberia, DR Congo, Rwanda and Kenya will all have presidential elections this year, more than a dozen more countries will hold parliamentary, municipal or local polls

An effigy seen at a San Diego protest rally on May 26, 2016 showing Trump with the word "Bigot" taped on. (Wikimedia Commons)

As The Dust On Trump’s Victory Settles, Here’s The Unusual Way It’s Linked To Forces Shaping Africa Today

It seems political hardening is increasingly a global phenomenon. Though the local factors that drive a nativist, authoritarian, or anti-liberal mood might be unique to each country, the broader trends are apparent.

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?