Kenya goes to the polls on 9 August to elect a new president and national lawmakers, as well as the governors and assemblies of its 47 counties.
In handing over power after two terms, the outgoing administration of President Uhuru Kenyatta leaves a mixed record of delivery: its ‘Big Four’ agenda items of manufacturing, nutrition, healthcare and housing remain urgent priorities, with progress stunted by the COVID-19 pandemic and diverted in pursuit of major infrastructure projects and their associated repayment burdens.
Against a backdrop of considerable fiscal pressures, candidates face a challenge to present credible and inclusive visions for realising Kenya’s longstanding ambition to become a middle-income country by 2030.
Yet although the national election is set to be contested between major coalition agreements or parties – with the latter’s legal status freshly enshrined by a new bill – the faltering registration of newly eligible voters, falling well below anticipated targets, points to the deeper test of unifying citizens amidst resonating concerns over corruption, unemployment, debt management and the conduct of past elections.
Ruto discusses the opportunities and outlook for change arising from the August elections and shares his vision of a ‘bottom-up’ economic model for Kenya’s long-term prosperity.
This event is the first in a series of events and outputs examining Kenya’s 2022 elections and political developments.
This event will have limited in-person attendance at Chatham House. If you are interested in attending in person, please email to register your interest.