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Term limits in Kenya prevent the incumbent President, Uhuru Kenyatta, of the Jubilee Party, running for a 3rd term.
Deputy President, William Ruto, also in the ruling Jubilee party. He’s now a political adversary of the incumbent because he’s fanning the anger to get elected. Despite being wealthy, he is presenting himself as a champion against the political Kenyatta and Odinga family dynasties. Ruto is no saint, having been accused of crimes against humanity relating to electoral violence in 2007-8. (These charges have since been dropped after witnesses ‘changed’ their testimonies).
What are the issues affecting today’s electorate?
Ethnic divisions. Since the introduction of multi-party politics in 1992, tribal identities (rather than ideologies) have driven politics.
Dodgy elections. Elections are frequently marred by violence and the 2017 presidential elections had to be re-run because of ‘irregularities’.
The Dynastic Rivalries:
Kenyatta made peace with his political rival, Raila Odinga, a member of the Luo community. The deal led to a set of proposed constitutional changes to promote ethnic power sharing amongst rival ethnic groups. It was known as the ‘Building Bridges Initiative’.
Established in 2010 with the intention of acting against a bulwark against traditional abuses of power.
Sources and further reading:
Africa’s Complex 2022 Elections: Restoring Democratic Processes
What’s at Stake in Kenya’s 2022 Presidential Election