Kenya: Linking Violence & Corruption

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An analysis of recent political violence in Kenya posits that corruption and failures of the democratic process, not ethnicity, are driving the conflict. While few readers here will be shocked by this conclusion, the authors do a fine job of assembling the supporting evidence.

Authors Rachel Itwaru and Sarah J. Johnson:

Indeed, though the killing has been mostly between members of different tribes, this tragedy is not simply a story of longstanding ethnic divisions. Instead, the conflict is a product of two political factors: Kenya’s historically corrupt government, and the willingness of some politicians to exploit the anger following the elections by encouraging violence.

Full analysis at the Harvard Political Review.

Global Integrity’s take: Global Integrity Report: Kenya.

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