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Kenya on the brink

The violence in Kenya has been driven not by tribal animosity but by a corrupt political system and unscrupulous leaders on all sides

By David Anderson   January 2008

The violence following the Kenya election has brought what had been one of Africa’s most stable countries to the brink of civil war. Over 350 people have been killed in this stable democracy—now in its fourth election campaign since 1992—a fact that has come as a considerable shock even to seasoned observers of Africa’s volatile politics.

Shocking as these events may be, they are not surprising. In a hotly fought electoral campaign, the likelihood of a bitter struggle over the authenticity of the results has been apparent for months.

The parliamentary ballot, held on 27th and 28th December, was contested…

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