While there are chances that Kenya may experience a repeat of the 2007/08 post-election violence, this article paints an excessively gloomy and dark picture of Kenya's future.
Given the aftermath of the 2007 elections, it was imperative that Kenya's electoral system be radically restructured. This was necessarily a time-bound exercise as the next elections were only within five years. On this basis, the focus on implementing the constitutional provisions pertaining to elections is understandable and indeed should be applauded.
Nevertheless, several other provisions of the new Constititution not directly linked to elections have also been implemented and continue to be implemented.
It also sounds incredibly disingenous to state that the underlying motivation for devolution of power to the local government "is the creation of more legislative positions", supposedly for the political class. It is worth recalling that one of the main causes of the post-election violence was the centralization of the political system, which, in Kenya's patron-client framework of politics, meant a winner-take-all, almost zero-sum game of political contest. The Constitution sought to address this through devolution.
However, it is agreeable that much still needs to be done to address inequality in the country as well as the root causes of ethnic tensions, such as land marginalization and internally displaced persons.
Following the Chinese government’s sweeping corporate crackdown this year, three recent books on the country’s governance model have become especially timely. Each suggests that Chinese President Xi Jinping will have to navigate fundamental contradictions in his quest for “common prosperity.”
reviews three books examining the increasingly obvious flaws in the country’s governance model.