Event Date and time: Wednesday 2nd August, 2017 | 18:30 – 20:30 

Venue details: Khalili Lecture Theatre, SOAS, Thornhaugh Street | London WC1H 0XG

Organisers: The Royal African Society | GBS Africa

Event website: Kenya Pre-Election Briefing 

Event cost: £5 / Free for RAS Members and SOAS staff & students.

Speakers: Njoki Wamai, Justin Willis & others TBA
Chair: Agnes Gitau (GBS Africa)

Kenya, East Africa’s largest economy, will hold a general election on 8th August 2017. It is difficult to speak of Kenya’s democratic process without referencing the 2007/2008 post-election crisis which saw over 1300 hundred innocent people killed and many others displaced. The nation held elections in 2013 which were peaceful in comparison but critics doubt whether peace is sustainable, claiming that factors that led to violence in 2007/2008 have never been dealt with. Can the country move forward without confronting this past? And with the devolution of powers in political and legislative units, does this election represent a shift in the relationship between local and national power?
In economic terms, Kenya has in the last decade rebuilt its position in the regional and global affairs, its communication and infrastructure sectors making the nation a competitive investment destination. With the decline of Nigeria’s economy and crisis in South Africa, leaders outside the continent seem to be inclined to strengthening relationships with Kenya (note the recent participation of President Kenyatta at the G7 summit and representing Africa at the Silk Road Forum). How will these relations play out post-election?
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