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Kenya Elections 2017: Prospects for a Credible Process

15 June 2017 - 10:00 to 11:00

Chatham House, London


Professor Gabrielle Lynch, Professor of Comparative Politics, University of Warwick
Solomon Mugera, Regional Editor, BBC Africa, BBC World Service
Chair: Dr Josephine Ojiambo, Deputy Secretary-General (Political), Commonwealth Secretariat



With less than three months to go until Kenya’s general election, violence around April’s primaries and in Laikipia region have fed fears of a repeat of the violence of 2007/2008, highlighting the need for cautious campaigning.  

August 8 will see Uhuru Kenyatta compete for his second and last term, with Raila Odinga making his fourth attempt at the presidency. While steady growth and major infrastructure investments have bolstered Kenyatta’s campaign, Raila Odinga is an experienced challenger, and there are widespread concerns about increasing inequality and the high cost of living. 

At this event, Solomon Mugera and Dr Gabrielle Lynch will discuss the prospects for a peaceful and credible election process, with particular reference to the role of the media and the impact of devolution.

They will examine key issues that domestic and international actors should be mindful of, as well as commenting on the challenges that await Kenya’s next president.