The new constitution of Kenya An analysis by Christopher Ram

Democracy

Introduction
The disputed Kenyan Presidential elections of 2007 sparked horrendous clashes among supporters of the incumbent President Mwai Kibaki and his losing challenger Raila Odinga. With the blood and death of over one thousand persons on their hands, the imminence of a civil war and the prospect of an apocalyptic future, the country’s political leaders, with support from the continent spearheaded by former UN Secretary General Kofi Anan, decided that a new constitutional model was the only way to save the society and address the unequal distribution of opportunity and resources in their society.

Two years later, Kenyans now have just such a Constitution. One does not need to be a cynic to recognise that the Constitution of a country is only as good as its impact on the lives …..To continue reading, login or subscribe now.



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