Democracy Challenged in the 2022 Presidential Succession in Kenya: The African Imperial President
This analysis of the 2022 presidential succession in Kenya examines the process’ evolution over time, not just in the stages closest to the presidential election. The live speeches, statements, press conferences, and rallies of the key actors are featured and analysed carefully. In Kenya, major television stations and regional stations are highly developed and offer a wealth of research opportunities. The book analyses the Roadside Rallies, which are a unique feature of Kenyan political campaigns in the face of State repression. An intense struggle took place leading up to the 2022 election. What made this succession special was the determination of the incumbent president to shape the succession to his will. In effect, the 2022 succession revealed the fault lines in the Kenya political class and the lengths an incumbent will go to assert his dominance over the succession process. The book explores the tools utilised by an Imperial President to circumvent legal and constitutional restrictions. For those interested in democracy in Africa, this study illustrates the very real barriers to its fulfillment.
Jeffrey Steeves is Professor Emeritus at the University of Saskatchewan’s Department of Political Studies, where he taught political science from 1972 until his retirement in 2014. His PhD is from the University of Toronto. He learned written and oral Swahili at the African Languages Program, University of Wisconsin, in 1969. He undertook research in Kenya (January 1970 through 1971), in which he analysed African tea introduction in six rural districts – Murang’a, Nyeri, Meru, Kakamega, Kisii and Kericho – as well as in the Kenya Tea Development Agency (KTDA) central offices in Nairobi. In 1975, Dr Steeves expanded his research interests to include the Melanesian countries of the South Pacific. He has published two co-authored books and two co-authored monographs on Papua New Guinea, Vanuatu, the Solomon Islands, and Fiji. In total, he has published 30 refereed articles in international journals. His primary interests surround African politics and development, including elections and decentralization in Kenya.
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