I distinctly remember watching on television with concern how young men from the Coast province of Kenya were ambushed and rounded up by security forces who busted them in the midst of military training with homemade wooden rifles a few years ago. Given the ragtag nature of this wannabe “army,” my initial reaction was to […]Learn More...
What Ails Kenya?
Ethnic Conflict Analysis
1st August 2008
By Nicholas Kariuki Githuku
University of Nairobi
For Rotary Center for Peace and Conflict Studies, Chulalongkorn University-Bangkok, Thailand
June 24th –September 17th Session
The post-election violence that broke out after the hotly contested 27th December elections and the subsequently disputed results is, arguably, what most people know about Kenya in terms of conflict. Indeed, for a long time, the country has been thought of as an island of peace in a sea of political turmoil. Beyond this recent flare-up of violence relayed to major world capitals around the world by the electronic and print media, little else is known about the root causes and nature of ethnic conflict in Kenya, which are structural and embedded in Kenya’s history.Learn More...