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The Kenyan election

LeftClick has been offering the excellent Pambazuka Podcast (below this post) as a online audio resources for some time. But theres' no audio available from there on the Kenyan events. Nonetheless, Pambazuka has published the following selection of reports and commentaries which are well worth reading.

It is the Kenyan people who have lost the election

Firoze Manji (2008-01-03)

Kenya is entering a protracted crisis. No one really knows who actually won the presidential elections. Given the overwhelming number of parliamentary seats won by the ODM and the dismissal of some 20 former ministers who lost their seats, it seems likely that the presidential results probably followed suit. But it is no longer really a matter of who won or lost. For one thing is certain: it is the Kenyan people who have lost in these elections.

Drama of the popular struggle for democracy in Kenya

Horace Campbell (2008-01-03)

This analysis by Horace Campbell argues that the calls for peace and reconciliation by the political and religious leaders will remain hollow until there are efforts to break from the recursive processes of looting, extra judicial killings, rape and violation of women, and general low respect for African lives. The analysis is presented as a drama of three acts.

Kibaki must back down

Victoria Brittain (2008-01-03)

Victoria Brittain writes that Kenya has sworn in a president who wasn't elected with little protest from the west. The flawed poll has to be rerun if the violence is to end.

No justice, no peace!

Onyango Oloo (2008-01-03)

Onyango Oloo dissects the "save our country" media blitz ad argues that behind the non-partisanship approach might actually be making a case for a Mwai Kibaki presidency.

The choices before us: Reflections on Mwai Kibaki and the 2007 Kenya General Elections

Ngugi Wa Thiong'o (2007-12-17)

Ngugi Wa Thiong'o reflects on Mwai Kibaki's presidency, the proliferation of what he terms paper parties, and the need for African democracy to speak for and to African peasants and workers - the marginalized majority.

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