Presidential debates in Africa are rare. Kenya continues to bravely venture into that uncharted electoral territory. The country’s election period has been refreshingly marked by engaging debates. Kenya is one of three countries to have ever held presidential debates and the 2022 showing was the most organised and dignified.
Kenyans will tomorrow vote in what promises to be a tight and competitive election. There is no clear favourite to win the election. It’s the camp that will mobilise the largest number of its base to come out and vote for its preferred presidential candidate that will carry the day.
Martha Karua’s selection as a deputy presidential candidate has helped put gender equality on the Kenyan election agenda.
That there is no clear favourite to win in the upcoming Kenyan election shows the campaigning has been relatively free and competitive.
Patronage politics, a history of violent conflict and high-stakes elections increase the risks of poll violence in Kenya.
Kenya’s ethnic-based politics often leads to electoral violence that hurts regional trade.
Vote buying compromises the quality of public leadership in Nigeria.
Kenya’s presidential running mates went head-to-head on July 19, 2022. Azimio’s Martha Karua was an easy favourite to dominate the Deputy Presidential debate but Kenya Kwanza’s Rigathi Gachagua caught her flat-footed. Styling herself as a champion and chief crusader of fighting corruption, Karua didn’t convincingly persuade Kenyans on many issues, including how an Azimio government would deal with the runaway vice.
Our research found that Kenyan students dislike ethnic-based politics in principle, but feel the pressures of tribalism.