Kenya’s Pre- and Post-Election Challenges: The End of the Kibaki-Raila Decade
Salim Lone, Senior Advisor to the Prime Minister of Kenya
Chair: Lord Chidgey, Co-Chair of the Liberal Democrat Parliamentary Party Committee on International Affairs (DfID)
As Kenya approaches presidential polls in 2013, memories of the violence which surrounded the country’s last national elections remain fresh. The coming months will be a time of shifting and sensitive politics for Kenya, as the coalition government must complete the implementation of the new constitution and deal with increasing threats to the country’s security. The ambitions of prominent Kenyan politicians – including current Prime Minister Raila Odinga and the two presidential candidates indicted by the International Criminal Court – will be of particular interest as President Mwai Kibaki must stand down at the next elections.
Ahead of the publication of his book, War and Peace in Kenya, Salim Lone will draw on a decade of political experience in Kenya to highlight the transformations which the country has undergone in recent years and the possible impact these will have on Kenya’s political future.