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Kenya news and analysis from The Nation
August 17, 2022
The Kenyan Kakistocracy
What are we supposed to do when the electoral system consistently yields terrible candidates?
March 22, 2021
Vaccine Nationalism Is Patently Unjust
Poor countries are paying more for the doses that remain after rich countries have had their fill.
August 26, 2020
Without Trust, Politics Is Reduced to Spectacle
People must believe in public institutions in order to believe in the promises of democracy. Take a Kenyan’s word on this.
August 30, 2019
Brexit Gives Its Former Colonies a Whiff of Schadenfreude
Britain is learning what many of its former colonies already know: Democracy requires constant vigilance.
May 28, 2019
In a Painful Setback, Kenya’s High Court Upholds Antigay Laws
LGBT activists say they will continue their campaign to dismantle the colonial-era legislation, inside and outside the courtroom.
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December 4, 2018
Kenya’s Growth Doesn’t Help All Kenyans
Despite government aims to make the country Africa’s “digital hub,” the economy remains unequal and unproductive.
March 28, 2018
In Kenya, Election Manipulation Is a Matter of Life and Death
Social media amplify the threat posed by Cambridge Analytica and the rest of Africa’s secretive political-consulting industry.
February 16, 2018
Is Kenya Sliding Toward Dictatorship?
Like Daniel arap Moi in 1982, Uhuru Kenyatta has embarked on a course of action that threatens hard-won democratic gains.
September 12, 2017
Kenya’s Rescheduled Elections Are a Triumph of Constitutionalism—but How Much Has Really Changed?
The country is now a tinderbox, in which supporters of the rival factions believe they can lose only if the other side rigs the results.